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May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day Event, Rainbow Division Memorial Grove

Exposition Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

 

4 memorial day at rainbow memorial grove 2017 everyoneOn Memorial Day, 2017, a small service took place at the "Rainbow Memorial Grove" in Exposition Park. The ceremony, put on by the 578th Brigade Engineer Battalion, dates back to two engineer companies that were part of the historic division and led by Lt. Col. Gilbert Roldan.

After repair and clean up of years of deposits and graffiti, the monument to the men of the 42nd Rainbow Division was rededicated during a ceremony that included speakers from the American Legion, and presentation by a prestigious color-guard and honor-guard.

Originally dedicated on May 30, 1935, is was suitable that this re-dedication occur on Memorial Day eighty-two years later.

1st Sgt. Arthur C. Davis's and his fellow vets erected the monument 2 memorial day at rainbow memorial grove 2017and accompanying trees in 1935. Arthur's son Jim Davis, who as a young boy was in attendance for the original dedication, was also on hand for the 2017 Memorial Day 2017 re-dedication. In addition, Mr. David Cohen, of the 122nd Medical Battalion, 42nd Rainbow Division WWII also made it.

Other WWI descendants present in 1935 and this Memorial Day were Annette Davis DeYoung, Janice Littell Curry, and Josephine Lord Mosier. Representing the California Department of Veterans Affairs was Secretary, Dr. Vito Imbasciani, himself a California National Guard veteran.

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California WW1 Centennial Task Force

 

Managing Board Co-Directors

Bill Betten
Sal Compagno
Col. Andre N. Coulombe
Hugh E. Crooks, Jr.
Mike Hanlon
Brigadier General R.G. Head, Ph.D. USAF (Ret.)
Prof. Jennifer Keene, Ph.D
Courtland Jindra
Dennis Matarrese
Major General Michael J. Myatt USMC (Ret.)
Stephen M. Payne, Ph.D.
Anthony Powell
Lester Probst
Prof. Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.
Col. Fred Rutledge 

Northern California Committee

Sal Compagno
Mike Hanlon
Stephen M. Payne, Ph.D.
Lt. Col. Kenneth Nielsen
Major General Michael J. Myatt USMC (Ret.)

Anthony Powell
Col. Fred Rutledge
Prof. Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.

Southern California Committee

Bill Betten
Maria Carrillo
Col. Andre N. Coulombe
Brigadier General R.G. Head, Ph.D. USAF (Ret.) 
Courtland Jindra
Lester Probst
Jeff Sharp

 Education Committee

Bill Betten, Master of Arts in Education, (Retired teacher DUSD, OUSD, AGUSD)
Lauren Weiss Bricker, Ph.D., Professor of Architecture at Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Scott Corbett, Ph.D, Lecturer, History, CSUCI
Jennifer Keene, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Chapman University
Michael Powelson, Ph.D., Lecturer, History, CSUCI
Jonathan Roth, Ph.D., Professor of History, SJSU, Burdick Military History Project Director [Committee Chair]
Miriam Raub Vivian, Ph.D.,  Professor of History, CSUB

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