Veterans Honored at City Ceremony

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Partway through her rendition of the national anthem, performing in front of a Veterans Day crowd, singer Heidi-Marie Ferren suddenly found herself struggling to keep up the melody. Her heart, she later explained, overcame her voice.
But while her words dwindled, the crowd pressed on. Dozens of Burbank officials, veterans and other community members gathered at McCambridge Park for Thursday’s event, kept singing. Ferren quickly recovered, joining the rest in the anthem.
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City Events Honor American Veterans

For Veterans Day, San Marino residents showed they are just as committed to honoring those in uniform as they are to first responders with a plethora of events and commemorations.
Two events headlined the weekend: The Chinese American Military Support group hosted a two-day event to specially recognize Chinese-American veterans, and the city hosted an Active Military Banner Presentation at Lacy Park to recognize those currently enlisted. Continue reading “City Events Honor American Veterans”

World War II Vet Shares His Battle of the Bulge Experience

Local resident Bill Haefliger speaks at last week’s Rotary Club of San Marino luncheon, detailing his experience being deployed in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.
Local resident Bill Haefliger speaks at last week’s Rotary Club of San Marino luncheon, detailing his experience being deployed in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

At last week’s Rotary Club of San Marino luncheon, a Rotarian asked guest speaker Bill Haefliger what his views on war are.
Haefliger, 92, and recently retired from a private law practice, was ready with an answer.
“What’s my view? Stay out of it,” he answered. Continue reading “World War II Vet Shares His Battle of the Bulge Experience”

Trump’s Win Divides Neighbors; Some Rattle, Others Rally

As the shockwaves of Donald Trump’s presidential upset win continue to reverberate in California, Pasadena residents this past week expressed the full gambit of emotion, from bitter disappointment and fear to joyous elation.
Of the total 40,466 ballots cast in the city of Pasadena, 18.7% of the votes were for Trump, while 72.9% were for Hillary Clinton. Support for Trump was wider across the state with 33.2% of the votes, versus the 61.5% for Clinton.
Despite political leanings, residents came together to support the troops and those who served the country at the city’s Veterans Day tribute at City Hall last Friday. Continue reading “Trump’s Win Divides Neighbors; Some Rattle, Others Rally”