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November 11, 2018 - Armistice Centennial Event - Victory Memorial Grove

Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California

320 pixel logo w sloganAn event endorsed and approved by the California WW1 Centennial Task Force to commemorate, honor, and educate the citizens of the Great State of California.

victory mem grove overheadLos Angeles' Victory Memorial grove before tree planting and before the landscaping work was finished.At 11 o'clock on Armistice Day, November 11th in a place called Victory Memorial Grove participants in a very special event used cell phones to hear the ringing of the "Bells of Peace." Thus marked the beginning of the Los Angeles Armistice Centennial Event in Elysian Park to remember and commemorate the end of WW1 a century earlier.BOP Header 440

On Armistice Day, November 11th (now referred to as Veteran's Day,) on the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park (CCSEP) and the Los Angeles Department of Recreations and Parks jointly sponsored a Tree planting ceremony at the historic Victory Memorial Grove. A dozen trees were planted in memory of those lost in the war a century ago. Elysian Park's current Victory Memorial Grove was initially dedicated in 1920, but slowly became "forgotten." Loved ones could plant a tree in memory of those lost in the conflict and several chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected a monument to relatives of their organization who died during the struggle.

This year's tree planting was dedicated to restoring the historical WWI Memorial Grove, remembering and honoring veterans and loved ones, & reforesting Elysian Park.

michael o'brienMichael O' Brien, Secretary of the Citizens Committee acted as Master of CeremoniesAs mentioned above, the event began by joining the national commemoration, the "Bells of Peace" being "rung" over a cellphone. The app made available by the United States WW1 Centennial Commission out of Washington DC was a perfect solution for the remote location. Michael O'Brien, Secretary of the Citizens Committee was Master of Ceremonies throughout introducing speakers as well as plans for the site going forward. Opening remarks were given by the Co-President of the CCSEP Phillip Murphy.phillip murphyPhillip Murphy, Co-President of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park addresses the audience. city councilman mitch ofarrellLos Angeles City Councilman Mitch O' Farrell praises the efforts made at Victory Memorial Grove.City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell spoke movingly of his own family's history of military service. The Keynote Speaker was Courtland Jindra, California World War I Centennial Task Force Co-Director who discussed American losses in the war as well as memorial parks that were dedicated in its aftermath.courtland jindra holds the 100cities 100memorials certificateKeynote speaker and California WW1 Centennial Task Force Co-Director Courtland Jindra displays the 100 Cities/100 Memorials certificate from the US WW1 Centennial Commission for Victory Memorial Grove. Those who sponsored trees were then invited to share their thoughts.

At the close of the "formal" proceedings Jindra invited everyone to take in the monument at the top of the hill. Then Councilman O'Farrell and Murphy planted the last tree (the others being sewn the day before by Parks employees) and attendees were invited to participate in a potluck lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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

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