Editor’s Note: Besides the story of the day, BurbankNBeyond’s Joyce Rudolph found many more special moments during the City’s Memorial Day Observance that needed attention.
By Joyce Rudolph
~ Longtime Burbank resident Doris Vick, who served in the Navy during World War II, honored her husband Bill’s memory by sponsoring the dove release. He died earlier this year. Chris Welker, a
member of the Veterans Commemorative Committee, said the white dove is a symbol of hope, freedom and peace.
~ The Burbank Community Band performed patriotic selections prior to the ceremony and the Armed Forces Medley at the completion of the service.
~ Family Service Agency of Burbank, 2721 W. Burbank Blvd., offers a forum every Wednesday evening for all veterans who want to come together and share mutual experiences. For information, call (818) 845-7671.
~ Other participants in the Memorial Day Ceremony were Dr. Jerry A. Jones, pastor-at-large, who gave the invocation; Pat Walmsiley, a member of the Veterans Commemorative Committee, who sang “God Bless America;” Anjanette McFarlin, who played “Amazing Grace;” Boy Scout Troop 209; and Jimmy Weldon, the voice of Hanna-Barbara cartoon character, Yakki Doodle, who delivered a rousing rendition of the Presentation of Old Glory that led to the flag salute.
~Councilman Gary Bric was presented with a painting of his brother, William H. Bric, who died serving his country in Vietnam. The painting was done by Burbank artist Randall Williams. Gary’s brother Steve and sister Cathy joined him in accepting the gift.
~ Members of the Veterans Commemorative Committee are Greg Alaimo, Gary Bric, Mary-Ann Christ; Paul Currier, Mickey DePalo, Florence Mast, Michael McDaniel, Paul McKenna, John Wernstrum, Christopher Thomas, Doris Vick, Pat Walmisley, Brad Welker and Chris Welker.