At 23, Matthew Chagolla of North Hollywood knows war. In September,
the Marine returned from duty in Iraq, where he served for more than
“It makes me feel good to know that people are grateful and give
us the support we need from them,” Chagolla said Tuesday as he
studied the McCambridge Park War Memorial.
Chagolla was among hundreds who attended a Veterans Day ceremony
at the park sponsored by the city and the Veterans Commemorative
With Missing in Action and American flags flapping in the
background, federal, state and local dignitaries and others
recognized those who served in all branches of the military during
war and peacetime.
The mood was somber and proud. Most in attendance were keenly
aware of the American troops presently fighting in Iraq.
“We love them and support them, and must never forget them,” Mayor
Stacey Murphy said.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) said his visits to Iraq earlier this
year and with injured troops in U.S. hospitals prompted him to
promise himself, “I’ll never complain about anything again.”
Tuesday’s ceremony included a flyover by a vintage World War
II-era squadron and the dedication of a plaque to honor the late Bob
Hope. The plaque will be placed next to Vietnam and Korean War
memorials at the corner of Amherst Drive and San Fernando
“He was really a legend to our troops,” Burbank resident and World
War II Army veteran Joe Roberts said of Hope, an honorary veteran who
traveled the world entertaining troops.
Roberts, who lost his leg during the war, recalled the U.S.
hospital ship Comfort, which brought him home. When it docked in Los
Angeles, Hope was there to greet Roberts and a ward full of injured
Hope’s commitment to troops through his tours with the United
Service Organizations was prompted by the entertainer’s humility,
said Ward Grant, Hope’s longtime publicist.
“He loved nobodies and made them somebodies,” Grant said.