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January 18, 2018 - Re-dedication of Memorial Isle in Los Angeles

 

phil dye courtland jindra bill betten 1 18 2018Re-enactor Phil Dye, and California WW1 Task Force Co-Directors Courtland Jindra and Bill Betten stand before the rededicated Memorial Isle monument at the intersection of La Brea and Adams in Los Angeles.After the American Legion Jackie Robinson Post 252 responded to local community concerns about the condition of the WW1 monument on the traffic island at the corner of La brea and Adams, a  rededication ceremony was held at the monument at the intersection.

As California continues to commemorate the centennial of the Great War, the California WW1 Centennial Task Force sheds light on one of Los Angeles's many overlooked tributes to the conflict.

On Thursday, January 18th at 2:00 in the afternoon, The California World War Centennial Task Force, the Office of the Council President Herb Wesson, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and Jackie Robinson Post 252 of the American Legion all meton the triangular shaped island at the intersection of the historic Los Angeles avenues to rededicate "Memorial Isle."

In December of 1931 the Los Angeles City Council gave permission to the Greayer Clover American Legion Post to use the traffic island at the intersection of La Brea and Adams for purposes of remembering the fallen of WW1. Thus "Memorial Isle" began its history. In April 1935, the design was approved by the Municipal Art Commission (now the Cultural Affairs Commission) and the monument became a part of the City Art Collection. A year later the Post erected a monument to "the sons and daughters of America who lost their lives in the World War 1917-1918." Sometime after the Second World War words were added allowing it to further memorialized those who died in World War Two from 1941 to 1945.

The inscription reads:


IN MEMORY
OF THE
SONS AND DAUGHTERS
OF AMERICA
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE CAUSE OF
THE WORLD WAR
1917-1918
AND
1941-1945

 

A small bronze plaque at the bottom credits the American Legion's "Greayer Clover Post No. 254" with erecting the memorial. Greayer Clover, the namesake of Santa Monica's Clover Field, (Santa Monica Airport) and Cloverfield Blvd, lived in Los Angeles and was killed in an air accident in France during World War I. Clover Field was originally a U.S. Army air field.

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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

Website Administrator

Bill Betten

 

Email: courtland.jindra@worldwar1centennial.org

Snail Mail:
     California World War 1Centennial Task Force
     330 Myrtlewood Dr.
     Calimesa, CA 92320

 

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