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February 6, 2003
Hal Holbrook -- known for his many and varied screen and stage roles, including his critically acclaimed solo show, "Mark Twain Tonight" -- will read the Gettysburg Address in the 11th annual Abe Lincoln Remembrance on Lincoln's birthday at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood, where war veterans from Lincoln's time to the present are buried. Past readers in this free event have included Charlton Heston, author Ray Bradbury and Los Angeles Times columnist and author Jack Smith.
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November 3, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
The documents Dick Littlestone has spent more than a decade collecting have been meticulously prepared for presentation. Stacks of them are fanned across his desk, staggered neatly like Venetian blinds. Maps have been highlighted in pink. Photographs have captions handwritten on the backs. For more than a decade, this 89-year-old retired Army colonel has pushed and prodded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to build a columbarium - a storage place for thousands of veterans' ashes - on the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center campus.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 1998
* Greenberg's Great Train, Dollhouse and Toy Show--Collectible toys from Lionel trains, above, to Hot Wheels will be on display Saturday and Sunday in Orange County Fairgrounds. * Remembrance of Abraham Lincoln--Actor Charlton Heston and author Ray Bradbury will read and speak at today's sixth annual event in Los Angeles National Cemetery, Westwood. * Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival--Exhibits, a livestock auction and petting zoo highlight festivities today through Feb.
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March 21, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Whenever he drives past the Los Angeles National Cemetery, Bill Hutton silently reflects on the thousands of precisely placed white grave markers and remembers his own close calls while serving in Vietnam. He also hears the noise from cars roaring by on the 405 Freeway just feet from Sepulveda Boulevard, which runs along the cemetery's west side. He finds it perplexing that transportation engineers have not planned a sound wall as part of the ongoing freeway-widening project. "National cemeteries are sacred to our vets who have given so much for our country," said Hutton, 63, of Thousand Oaks, the thrice-wounded national senior vice commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
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June 22, 1993
The Los Angeles National Cemetery, which in 1976 ran out of space for remains in caskets, will exhaust its space for cremated remains by the end of July, it was announced Monday. The only future burials allowed, said cemetery director Helen Szumylo, will be those of family members in the same grave as a veteran. Veterans and their families who wish to be buried in a military cemetery can be buried at Riverside National Cemetery, she said. The 114.5-acre cemetery, at 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
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May 27, 2000
Artist Mike McNeilly won an early Memorial Day victory Friday as authorities agreed to let him challenge the legality of his arrest before he is put on trial for painting a 120-foot mural of the Statue of Liberty overlooking veterans' graves at Los Angeles National Cemetery without a permit.
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May 29, 1990 | CAROL McGRAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Celes King III, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of black pilots who escorted bombers in Italy and North Africa in World War II, had just finished one of three speeches he made over the Memorial Day weekend in Los Angeles in honor of the nation's war dead. A member of the Assn. of Black Military Officers, he laced his talk with praise for minority servicemen.
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May 23, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has taken 119 years, but the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood finally has a nice fence around it and a formal entrance gate--thanks to a local group of volunteers embarrassed by its shabby look in the past. The Veterans Park committee spent 10 years raising the $2 million needed for the 7,200-foot-long wrought-iron fence, the new entryway and other improvements that were dedicated Monday as an early Memorial Day gift to veterans.
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May 28, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were born in the 1980s, have at best a fuzzy recollection of the Gulf War, and draw their notions of warfare from video games and movies like "Saving Private Ryan." But Saturday morning about 4,000 Boy and Girl Scouts learned well the cost war has inflicted throughout American history. In what has become an annual pre-Memorial Day tradition, Scouts from throughout the county descended on Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood to plant American flags on the graves of 85,000 U.S.
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March 21, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Whenever he drives past the Los Angeles National Cemetery, Bill Hutton silently reflects on the thousands of precisely placed white grave markers and remembers his own close calls while serving in Vietnam. He also hears the noise from cars roaring by on the 405 Freeway just feet from Sepulveda Boulevard, which runs along the cemetery's west side. He finds it perplexing that transportation engineers have not planned a sound wall as part of the ongoing freeway-widening project. "National cemeteries are sacred to our vets who have given so much for our country," said Hutton, 63, of Thousand Oaks, the thrice-wounded national senior vice commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
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June 1, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The family of Staff Sgt. Javier Zamora, who survived a tour of duty in Iraq as a helicopter door gunner only to die in a 2007 car crash after his return home to Hemet, sat clustered around his bouquet-covered gravestone Monday at the West Los Angeles National Cemetery. "The military was his life," Alicia Oliva, a sister, said of the 40-year-old Army National Guardsman and father of three, who had planned to return for a second tour in Iraq. "It makes you realize this is where they belong."
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February 11, 2009 | Bob Pool
Actor Mickey Rooney will recite the Gettysburg Address at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Thursday in ceremonies commemorating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The noon event at 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd. also will include speeches and musical performances honoring the legacy of the 16th president. Guests will include government students from Lincoln, Hollywood and Birmingham high schools and actress Gigi Perreau as mistress of ceremonies, organizer Duke Russell said.
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May 31, 2005 | Martha Groves and Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writers
They came from Camarillo and Canoga Park, Santa Maria and San Diego. They came in station wagons, Jeeps and vans specially equipped to haul the wheelchairs of aging veterans. They came bearing flags and homegrown roses, to tidy the graves of loved ones and to remember fallen comrades. Under a blue sky festooned with puffy clouds, hundreds of Southern Californians flocked Monday to the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood to participate in the site's 116th Memorial Day ceremony.
NEWS
February 6, 2003
Hal Holbrook -- known for his many and varied screen and stage roles, including his critically acclaimed solo show, "Mark Twain Tonight" -- will read the Gettysburg Address in the 11th annual Abe Lincoln Remembrance on Lincoln's birthday at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood, where war veterans from Lincoln's time to the present are buried. Past readers in this free event have included Charlton Heston, author Ray Bradbury and Los Angeles Times columnist and author Jack Smith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were born in the 1980s, have at best a fuzzy recollection of the Gulf War, and draw their notions of warfare from video games and movies like "Saving Private Ryan." But Saturday morning about 4,000 Boy and Girl Scouts learned well the cost war has inflicted throughout American history. In what has become an annual pre-Memorial Day tradition, Scouts from throughout the county descended on Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood to plant American flags on the graves of 85,000 U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2000
Artist Mike McNeilly won an early Memorial Day victory Friday as authorities agreed to let him challenge the legality of his arrest before he is put on trial for painting a 120-foot mural of the Statue of Liberty overlooking veterans' graves at Los Angeles National Cemetery without a permit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The family of Staff Sgt. Javier Zamora, who survived a tour of duty in Iraq as a helicopter door gunner only to die in a 2007 car crash after his return home to Hemet, sat clustered around his bouquet-covered gravestone Monday at the West Los Angeles National Cemetery. "The military was his life," Alicia Oliva, a sister, said of the 40-year-old Army National Guardsman and father of three, who had planned to return for a second tour in Iraq. "It makes you realize this is where they belong."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2005 | Martha Groves and Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writers
They came from Camarillo and Canoga Park, Santa Maria and San Diego. They came in station wagons, Jeeps and vans specially equipped to haul the wheelchairs of aging veterans. They came bearing flags and homegrown roses, to tidy the graves of loved ones and to remember fallen comrades. Under a blue sky festooned with puffy clouds, hundreds of Southern Californians flocked Monday to the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood to participate in the site's 116th Memorial Day ceremony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has taken 119 years, but the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood finally has a nice fence around it and a formal entrance gate--thanks to a local group of volunteers embarrassed by its shabby look in the past. The Veterans Park committee spent 10 years raising the $2 million needed for the 7,200-foot-long wrought-iron fence, the new entryway and other improvements that were dedicated Monday as an early Memorial Day gift to veterans.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 1998
* Greenberg's Great Train, Dollhouse and Toy Show--Collectible toys from Lionel trains, above, to Hot Wheels will be on display Saturday and Sunday in Orange County Fairgrounds. * Remembrance of Abraham Lincoln--Actor Charlton Heston and author Ray Bradbury will read and speak at today's sixth annual event in Los Angeles National Cemetery, Westwood. * Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival--Exhibits, a livestock auction and petting zoo highlight festivities today through Feb.
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