Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 23, 2020

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Mountain View News Saturday, May 23, 2020 

“Every moment one lives is different from the other. The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love and 
happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life. You cannot separate the good 
from the bad. And perhaps there is no need to do so, either.” 

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

As Memorial Day will be so very different this year, I thought I’d dust off and refurbish my Memorial Day column 
from last year. The photo, by Robert Gjerde, is of a flyover of the Air Force’s Thunderbirds, which occurred just a 
few days ago. What I want to share today with you, dear friends and neighbors, is the memory of this day a year 
ago, and the hope that we will be able to experience it together, without masks, social distancing or fear next year.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the 
bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend 
our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where 
men were free.” Ronald Reagan

“It is imperative that the sacrifices made by the fallen not fade into the ether. We believe that a veteran, a person – 
anyone – has two deaths, once when their breath leaves their body, and the second time is when no one is able to 
talk about them or say their name. That is why its important for communities to come out and honor those who 
paid the ultimate sacrifice. It’s really getting the community around remembering those people and making sure 
that they are never forgotten.” Rachel Charles, Acting Director of the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

There have been so many pictures everywhere you look this past weekend, leading up to Monday, Memorial Day, of 
small flags adorning graves, stretching as far into the horizon as the eye can see, as friends and family of those who 
gave all gather together to remember. There was one on Facebook that especially touched me of my grandchildren, 
Nicole, Blake and Luke Simon, at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, to visit the grave of their grandmother, 
Margaret Ineson, who was a Navy nurse. They were pretty small at the time the photo was taken, which made it 
so sweet to see.

There were families and children galore at Sierra Madre’s own Memorial Day Observance at Pioneer Cemetery, 
which was so good to see. Rev. Thomas Baker of St. Rita’s Church, during his invocation said, “Their names may 
fade with the passing of generations, but never let what they have done be forgotten.” 

As always, good to see Congresswoman Judy Chu, who spoke with such pride about her father who served during 
WWII as an Army Radio Communications Sergeant at the Pacific front in Okinawa. She also spoke of her success 
in finally getting a Veteran’s Health Clinic here in the San Gabriel Valley. Judy has labored for seven years to achieve 
this goal and she was thrilled to announce that last Monday, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) officially 
opened a Veteran’s healthcare clinic in Arcadia, called the San Gabriel Valley Community Based Outpatient Clinic 

Even though this was just the first week of operation, the clinic already had a full schedule of patient visits, offering 
everything from primary care to telehealth (In case you’re wondering what telehealth is, here’s the definition: 
the delivery and facilitation of health and health-related services including medical care, provider and patient 
education, health information services, and self-care via telecommunications and digital communication 
technologies.), to basic laboratory services. This is the culmination, the fruition, of years of trying to achieve 
this goal; VA healthcare right here in the area which is home to more than 45,000 U.S. Veterans. Judy wanted to 
specially thank our Sierra Madre VFW Post 3208 for their donations and time spent in many meetings working as 
advocates, raising awareness for this health clinic. These folks were there with her every step of the way in making 
the VA clinic a reality.

Ms. Chu also presented Certificates of Congressional Recognition to Kenneth Anhalt WWII Veteran, Bud Switzer, 
Korean Conflict Veteran, Stanley Pinta, Vietnam Veteran, Dave Loera, Vietnam Veteran, and Cindy O’Hara, Post 
3208 Commander. Ms. O’Hara quoted General George S. Patton, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who 
died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

Assembly Member, Chris Holden, - again we are astonished by how tall he is! – spoke of his father, who lied about 
his age, he was only 16, and enlisted to fight in WWII. 

It was such a beautiful day to be there in our Pioneer Cemetery, where my beloved John rests, to thank these 
Veterans who are still with us and to remember those who have gone before us. As I saw somewhere else this past 
week, “before you slap burgers on the grill, remember Inchon and Heartbreak Ridge and Chosin Reservoir, where 
heroic Marines fought to their last breath against overwhelming odds. Remember Khe Sanh and Hamburger Hill. 
Remember Ramadi and Fallujah and Kandahar. It’s easy to forget the fallen, especially on a day when the sun is 
shining and we are so blessed with the tremendous good fortune to live in peace.” (Laurie Roberts, USA Today 
Network). “Home of the free, because of the brave.”

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by Deanne Davis


JUNE 6th Library Drive-Thru Book Sale

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library are changing the usual Best Used Book Sale format for June. There will be 
a “Drive-Thru Bag Sale” in the parking lot behind the library featuring $5.00 bags of genre books. This sale will 
be ONLY on SATURDAY, JUNE 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Sierra Madre Public 
Library, 440 West Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. 

Books will be bagged into large grocery bags under the subjects of: Mysteries, Thrillers, Contemporary Fiction, 
History, Contemporary Non-Fiction, Children’s, and Young Adult. Patrons may drive into the library parking lot 
to the storage bin and will be met by one of our helpful volunteers wearing a mask and gloves. Please specify which 
genre(s) you are interested in and purchase a bag for only $5.00!

The Drive-Thru Book Sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Public Library. All proceeds will be used 
to support programs, services and acquisitions for the library. For more information, please visit us at our web site, our Facebook page; or call 626-355-7186



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