By Pat Walmisley
On Memorial Day (Monday, May 25, 2009), the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council is presenting A Day in the Park, the second annual Memorial Day celebration next to the rec. center (Huston & Hazeltine) in Sherman Oaks from 2-6pm. FREE to the public. People are welcome to bring their own picnics, chairs, and come to the park after 2pm to enjoy children’s entertainment, meet and greet Neighborhood Council representatives, LAPD Senior Lead Officers and elected officials. There will also be a fire engine tour from Station 88. Free refreshments and give-aways will be available.
A Memorial Day concert will be presented from 4-6pm as a patriotic salute to honor all of those who fought and served in order to protect our American way of life. Concert performers will be Horace Heidt, Jr. and his All-Star Big Band, with vocalists Doug Swander, Kae Butterfield, Tiba and more. Special honors will be awarded to Purple Heart recipient and engineering reconnaissance for USNDEVGRU US Naval Seabee Michael Majors and local community leader Carolyn Blashek of “Operation Gratitude.”
The Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park was named in honor of all American Veterans. In 1947, a group of the American Legion raised funds to buy what is now Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Park and gave it to the City of Los Angeles with the agreement that a memorial would be built for all veterans who served the nation. The park itself is the Monument, as no monument is actually located there.