By Jim Etter
Memorial Day 2014 would have been “Business as Usual” with a beautiful ceremony, headed up by “Gunny” Ralph Walker (USMC/retired) at the Burbank/ NoHo Pierce Brothers “Dignity” Memorial Park and Cemetery this year, except for the thundering rumble created by 75+ hot rods, classics, motorcycles and special interest vehicles that set a new standard for this day. Their arrivals at the staging area carrying celebrities, including Burbank Mayor (Dr. David Gordon) and Burbank Vice-Mayor (Bob Frutos) who shared in celebration, stepping out of a classic 1956 FOOSE designed, Bel Air convertible, was simply amazing. Also amongst those to celebrate our nation’s “Heroes” was the starlet of the new syndicated TV Cable channel show “Operation Drive-By,” Izzie Meyer, driving her Red Hot 454 Stingray.
With the attraction of this motorcade and staging, these beautiful cars and motorcycles at the event for the celebration not only created “eye candy” for all to see, but the throbbing horsepower churned the heart of every car enthusiast in attendance on this coveted day.
In tribute to this celebrated holiday, Miss “Dignity” Memorial Day Queen(s) Briana Deahl and Darby Walker, with the help of Memorial Day Committee (Javier Fernandez, Ralph Walker, Jenny Deah, Socorro Oseguera, Wendy Etter and Jim Etter), raised more than $1,000 for American Legion Post 150 of Burbank. The funds were derived from the Car Show, along with the generous support of Pierce Brothers “Valhalla” Memorial Park.
This first Memorial Day Car Show at “Valhalla” is expected to return next year and continue in support of our Veterans, according to Car Show Chair Jim Etter.