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NELA to Celebrate Veterans Day With Parade Sunday

The seventh annual Northeast Veterans Day Parade will begin with a solemn ceremony in Eagle Rock and then proceed through Highland Park.

Northeast Los Angeles will honor those who have served in the armed services on Sunday with a Veterans Day parade, which will begin in Eagle Rock and proceed through Highland Park.

The festivities will begin with a solemn ceremony at 11 a.m. at Eagle Rock City Hall.

Following that, the seventh Northeast Los Angeles Veterans Day Parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Fire Station 55 at 4455 York Blvd. in Eagle Rock and head east along York Boulevard, ending in Highland Park, just east of Figueroa Street.

The grand marshal will be Daniel L. Van Dyke, who was raised in Eagle Rock, manages a family business in Highland Park and served in the Army in Vietnam from 1970-1972, in Korea from 1977-1979 and in Army intelligence.

A stage show will follow from 3-5 p.m. in the Highland Park Adult Senior Center parking lot at 6152 Figueroa St.

This year's parade is sponsored by Councilmen José Huizar and Ed Reyes, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, Occidental College and the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce.

Ramon Alejo November 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Why all of a sudden in York not on Eagle Rock Blvd? Is this because of the Grand Marshall?
Bob Bailey November 11, 2012 at 04:55 PM
No I think because we have Veterans Square.
Qtee1981 November 11, 2012 at 09:15 PM
My question is why wasn't this properly announced I just found out today.
The MOG November 11, 2012 at 11:50 PM
If you missed the parade, you can still make dinner at the H.P. American Legion Post, on N. Ave. 55. It is a community event, everyone should try to attend. There's no cost. I was saddened to see only two members of the HHPNC, Pastor Randy, & Nancy Wyatt, come out to support our veterans at this important celebration. Harvey lives right across the road, there. Couldn't you spare a moment to cross the street, & join in your neighborhood's Veteran's Day observance? It's not just Harvey...really, only two board members bother? Anyways...got to say hello to "1 Bill Gil". First time I've had a chance to meet him. I was not impressed... Ditto the Congressman. I've met him several times over the years. He's completely unimpressive, and does absolutely NOTHING in DC! He's got a job for life, though. Because he's latino & a democrat. Newbies will learn that that's all it takes around here to get elected, & re-elected, over & over again. You need not have any qualifications, or accomplishments, or even be from Los Angeles..."Carpet Baggers Welcome!" Sad...but today is a day to appreciate our veterans. I did my small part on a supply ship in the North Atlantic. My father was in 'Nam, & my Late Grandfather, Margarito R. Diaz, was WW2, & the Commander of his Legion Post. I love my country very much,& truly wanted to serve.I was 17 years old when I joined.Jimmy Carter was President then.Reagan was President when I was mustered out...what a difference between those two Commanders In Chief.
El Cid November 12, 2012 at 01:21 AM
MOG - Why do you feel the need to call out Harvey? People show their appreciation in a variety of ways. For example: Veteran's Square was pressured washed yesterday morning. Were either Pastor Randy and Nancy Wyatt there to help? Were you? HP residents show their appreciation and donate their time working at soup kitchens, donate food, and clothing to many homeless veterans. We honor our veterans on this special day; but, we must remember them the other 364 days of the year for their service to our country!
marcelina maynor November 12, 2012 at 03:05 AM
This is the first year that my family did not attend the parade. We live on Laverna and our whole block usually attends. It is a block event. This year, we did not want to go because it was on York. You ended our tradition. THANKS
Ursula Brown November 12, 2012 at 03:10 AM
There was plenty of publicity with businesses and schools, newspaper, community news and more. Please join the organizing committee, we need volunteers. This is a lot of work and costs a lot of money. We meet for six months and it's always the same people putting in effort and time.
The MOG November 12, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Why not call out Harvey Slater? I have yet to be convinced of his sincerity, or commitment, that's why. I don't like the way he got on the NC, for another. However, the reason I gave, that he lives right across the flippin street, seems to speak for itself. FYI, Mrs. Wyatt has, for decades, done, & continues to do, so much more in the community besides the NC. Do you know I watched our City Councilman go up to her table at dinner tonight, and greet her by name?Something he doesn't do to just anyone.You are correct, that we need to remember our Vets more than just 1 day of the year, with just a parade & thanks. Commander Bloom's remarks at the Legion tonight touched on just that topic. I also want to single out Heinrich & Monica. Just two of those constant community volunteers that you will ALWAYS see, year after year, doing the work. Monica said she was about action, and she proved it today! She is going to be a great new NC President. This is the 1st Time the Veteran's Day Parade ended at the Memorial on York & Fig., in Highland Park. It's about time. We were very thankful & proud. Thanks Northeast L.A., for the recognition.
nonoise November 12, 2012 at 02:45 PM
The place was pressured washed? Was it done by volunters or by people getting a pay check from the city? And, why is it only done when an event happens and not kept clean all the time? Eagle Rock manages to keep their sidewalks clean. Why can't Highland Park? Cypress Park? Pico Union? Oh, that's because they have Councilmember Ed Reyes and Huisar.
El Cid November 12, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Hey Nonoise - Every Memorial & Veteran's Day for the last several years, a crew of local volunteers donate their time to pressure wash, clean and spruce up the site. There is no pay check attached to it or free meal. The volunteers provide their own drinks to stay hydrated. As for Eagle Rock managing to keep their public space clean - I suppose you can figure that one out easily! Recommendation to improve the parade: invite more bands, drumline, drill teams, and colored guards. Possibly a contingency of veteran's marching too! Also, hand out small American flags to audience. Invite military vehicles to join the fun! It's a plus for the kids!
nonoise November 12, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I know the volunteers do a great job! American flags are outlawed in Cypress Park. The neighborhood council refused to pay for them.
Ursula Brown November 12, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful, an all volunteer, non profit organization, manages to keep Eagle Rock relatively clean. A small crew is there every morning at 5 am, watering and cleaning up and they are unpaid. It's the pride you take in your neighborhood! As for the improvement recommendations. . . . the local schools do not show the urgency to participate. Most of the children's groups are propelled by volunteers. As to the veterans groups - it's like pulling teeth. Sorry.
Nimby pimp November 13, 2012 at 04:44 AM
@ nonoise. Are you inspired by Ursula's answer? Are you going to exhibit the personal responsibility you proclaim? Or would you rather spend your time endlessly complaining about what the local electeds and local parishes aren't doing for you?
The MOG November 13, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Hey La Casa, you're new around here, huh? btw there was military vehicle in the parade. Why the snide remark about a "free meal?" You are refering to the dinner @ the Legion? What's the wild hair bothering you? You chime in just to defend old Harve, & then true to form, try to tell us how to improve our parade? Thanks man, I'm sure your suggestions will be relayed to the proper organisers & given top priority consideration...I'm sure. So, ya' all been sprucing up the The flag Pole twice a year, for the last "several years?" You personally, or folks you know, or at least know of? Listen, there was plenty of red white & blue at the event. My buddy even decked out his beach cruiser in flags. The last thing on my mind was, gee there should be more flags! fyi, the dinner @ the Legion is an important community event. I can't believe you don't appreciate that fact. Why anyone would try to mock & belittle the event is beyond me.
The MOG November 13, 2012 at 06:20 AM
OMG! Nimby! You are such an hyprocrite! nonoise served on her NC. What do you do besides critize people? Honestly! You're just like your pal Rob Shraff. Almost 2 of kind. Same MO, anyway. Are you honestly going to assert that Hooser & Reyes are beyond criticism? Also, it's not what churches aren't doing for nonoise. It's what an aggressive, & inconsiderate parish community does TO her. How'd you like to endure what she does month after month, year after year? You'd change your tune pretty darn quick, I bet! The good lord wants you to be happy, Nimby. You need not labour under a cruel burden of negativity. I'm going to pray that God softens your heart some. I predict the next few weeks will see a positive change for you, Nimby. See, God has a way of answering my prayers. I'm very confident of that! You might try approaching the Lord in prayer yourself. Not that you don't already. I'm just saying. Ask Him if I'm right, or not. Ask Him to confirm it to you somehow, in such a way that you'll be sure of the answer. Because I'm a man of faith, & I'm telling you, a negative outlook can be very devestating to your health. On the other hand, a positive view can add years to your life, & get you through anything. Think about it!
nonoise November 13, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Thanks MOG! What some may not know is that I am proud of the veterans in Cypress Park. They are the only ones that clean up the area around our flag pole. The veterans have fought long and hard for any money support from the neighborhood council. And, I was always there to fight to give them the money support they wanted for veterans and memorial day events. And, many on the board fought tooth and nail against supporting these hard working veterans. Believe me it seemed like a war zone to get the veterans day events funded. I am proud of the veterans in Cypress Park that did not give up fighting for the funding so they could put on their events. I only hope in the future the funding will be much less of a struggle with new board members. And, the money asked for was peanuts. And, very few know the real story of what I have been through with the members of Divine Saviour Catholic church. The horrible court battle ( I won, they lost), the ABC7 interview (what's bugging you, noise), and the horrible and hurtful names me and my family have been called and recently how their maintenance man said he was going to call my work and harrass me. (of course, I have that on tape). And, other nasty events. So, those that want to keep supporting Divine Saviour Catholic church do not know the whole story. But they are in for a few suprises when they do not make it to heaven. "If you have done this to the least of these . . ." I think you know the rest.
nonoise November 13, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Ursula, your lucky to live in a neighborhood where there is inclusion of all people of all races and nationalities. Eagle Rock is multi-culture. That is not what it is like in Cypress Park. Cypress Park is like McArthur Park. Nimby, elected officials are fair game. They are paid to do a job. They are paid from taxpayers. We are THEIR boss. They are elected as a public servant. They are suppose to do what we ask them to do. They are suppose to do things that help the community. Have you been down to the Pico-Union district where trash is everywhere and the streets dirty just blocks away from Staples Center? That is Councilmember Ed Reyes district. What exactly is he doing about it? Worrying about not eating on Monday's. He wants to lose jobs in the only field that his public school drop out students can get. He does not think. Neither does Jan Perry or Garcetti. These businesses lose business where do these employees that can not get jobs elsewhere (not their fault) go? Reyes and the rest need to concentrate on clean streets, fixing sidewalks, ect. Divine Saviour wants to blast their amplied "taped" bells and church music into my home 6 times a day, every day starting at 7:55AM. Father Marco Ortiz did not ask my opinion when he put up that sound system. There are no services when it goes off, there are no church members around when it goes off, there is no purpose for it. It is disrepect. Like a little kid "look at what I can do.
nonoise November 13, 2012 at 03:09 PM
There was no bells and no amplified sound systems before Father Marco Ortiz come to Divine Saviour Catholic Church.
nonoise November 13, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Cypress Park does provide a free meal after our veterans and memorial day events for people that attend. It is not a huge crowd like Eagle Rock. But it is a nice way to say thank you to the veterans and those that attend the event.
Herb West November 13, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I provided photographic coverage of the event. Pictures at http://herbwest.zenfolio.com/p154554089
nonoise November 13, 2012 at 03:34 PM
St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Eagle Rock has no amplified sound system. Kudo's to them. They respect their neighbor's.
The MOG November 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I lived on Jeffries for 2 years in early 2000. I spoke out in favor of C.P. having it's own NC, independent of ASNC. Can you imagine if the ASNC had won that one? You have every right to be proud of the Veteran's Memorial @ Pepper & Cypress Av. It's beautiful. & a prime example of what people can accomplish on their own initiative. It certainly can be discouraging to work so hard for the good of all, against people whose only concern is them self.
Ursula Brown November 14, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Thank you Herb West for you beautiful work and for donating your time and talent at community events.

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