Hundreds of supporters joined families and dignitaries at a moving Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate the unveiling of the Enduring Heroes statue in Pasadena.
The 8-foot bronze sculpture, stationed prominently in Defenders Park, on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards, will serve as a tribute to the 11 area soldiers — including five with La Cañada Flintridge ties — who gave their lives over the past 15 years in Afghanistan and Iraq. Continue reading “LCF’s Enduring Heroes Statue Unveiled on Memorial Day”
Enduring Heroes, a group of Pasadena-area residents and Gold Star families, will dedicate a permanent tribute to local soldiers who have given their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Wars on Terror on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29).
Located at the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove in Defenders Park, the Enduring Heroes Memorial will feature an 8-foot bronze sculpture of a combat soldier triumphantly holding the American flag. Christopher Slatoff, a noted local artist, sculpted the piece, using inspiration from the stories of the local Gold Star families. “We’re proud to see Pasadena take a leadership role in building awareness, education and gratitude for our soldiers who gave their lives to protect our nation,” said Shelly Lowe, Enduring Heroes Steering Committee chairman. “We thank the strong and diverse group of individuals who came together to support this monument and who saw the need to honor our local soldiers.”
The monument pays tribute to soldiers from Pasadena and its neighboring cities — Altadena, La Cañada Flintridge and San Marino. These four cities and their citizens are closely connected in numerous civic and philanthropic pursuits making it equally fitting to band together to honor local warriors.
“The Enduring Heroes Memorial and Dedication will honor these young men and women who stepped into the breach to keep this nation free and independent and who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that freedom,” said Ed Blecksmith, Gold Star father of J.P. Blecksmith and USMC veteran. Continue reading “Enduring Heroes to Honor Local Soldiers With Monument”
On Memorial Day, Pasadena will unveil a statue that will serve as an enduring, everyday reminder of the 11 area soldiers — including five with La Cañada Flintridge ties — who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 15 years.
“So few carry a burden for so many,” said Jaynie Studenmund, a resident of LCF whose son, Scott, a Green Beret, was killed in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, on June 9, 2014. Continue reading “Enduring Heroes Statue Dedication Includes LCF Gold Star Families”