HONORING THE TROOPS CANOGA PARK PARADE DRAWS 4,000 FOR A MEMORIAL DAY SOLDIER SALUTE.Byline: SUE DOYLE
CANOGA PARK - American flag-wavers and red, white and blue floats replaced cars on usually busy streets Monday as residents made way for the 19th annual Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade.
The theme of this year's parade was honoring hometown heroes.
Members of the armed forces, police officers, firefighters and public officials marched among the 118 entries in the two-hour parade that drew an estimated crowd of 4,000.
Wearing a Korean War Korean War, conflict between Communist and non-Communist forces in Korea from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel into Soviet (North Korean) and U.S. (South Korean) zones of occupation. Veteran baseball cap, Lewis Eidenberger, 73, waited with his camera for friends riding on the Woodland Hills' American Legion American Legion, national association of male and female war veterans, founded (1919) in Paris. Membership is open to veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Post float. In the Air Force from 1951 to 1955, the California City man was joining friends after the parade for an annual barbecue at the post.
"I'm supporting everything -- our troops, the American way The American way of life is an expression that refers to the "life style" of people living in the United States of America. It is an example of a behavioral modality, developed from the 17th century until today. of life and our freedom," said Eidenberger. "We wouldn't have this if it wasn't for our troops."
Following a U-shaped route, the parade began at Sherman Way and Owensmouth Avenue, continued down DeSoto Avenue to Vanowen Street, and looped back to Owensmouth.
"God bless America, everybody," Grand Marshal Grand Marshal is a ceremonial, military, or political office of very high rank. The term has its origins with the word "Marshal" with the first usage of the term "Grand Marshal" as a ceremonial title for certain religious orders. and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. shouted from a convertible as it headed down Sherman Way.
Sitting atop a flashy 1962 Chrysler Imperial
The Chrysler Imperial, introduced in 1926, was the company's top of the range vehicle for much of its history. Phaeton, Villaraigosa greeted families and answered quick questions from residents, including one jokester who wanted to borrow the eye-catching car later.
Along with Los Angeles Councilman Dennis Zine, an Elvis impersonator and other recognizable names and faces along the two-mile route, hundreds of lesser-knowns joined the parade, drawing cheers from family and friends as they passed by.
Among them were the Johnson brothers. Floyd, 86, and Porky pork·y 1
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1. Of or like pork: a porky flavor.
2. Slang Fat or corpulent. , 83, dressed in identical cowboy hats, blue jeans and American flag shirts as they sat on a float for Reel Cowboys, a nonprofit group that keeps the old image of motion picture cowboys alive. The brothers pointed to nearby Independence Avenue where they lived in 1936 as boys.
There was the graceful Breanna Simien, a 12-year-old with the Cheer Magic All Stars who was tossed high in the air by teammates during one routine. Her acrobatics acrobatics
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Kayla Walker, 18, and some of her Reseda High School Reseda High School, established in 1955, is located in the Reseda section of Los Angeles, California, United States.
The current principal of Reseda High is Alfredo Tarin. The mascot of Reseda High is the Regent, a lion welding a crown and a scepter. classmates Classmates can refer to either:
"This is our chance to show them: We're here for you," said Walker, who will join the Navy after graduation.
For the Catalans of Canoga Park, attending the patriotic parade is a family tradition. On Monday, Humberto Catalan, 50, and his 19-year-old daughter, Cecilia, set up chairs at their favorite part of the route, a location where participants stop and salute.
"We especially like seeing the police on motorcycles line up," said Humberto Catalan. "When they are all in formation, they are positioned very accurately. It's a sight to see."
(1) A super-sized soldier strolls down Sherman Way in the 19th annual Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade.
(2) Shaded from the sunlight, Popo Wong, 79, of West Hills waves a tiny American flag during the 19th annual Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade on Monday.
(3) Actor Mike Shanto of Reel Cowboys rides a mechanical bull aboard a float at the Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade on Monday.
Tina Burch/Staff Photographer