Councilmember Huizar worked with El Sereno veterans to bring new $100,000 El Sereno Veterans Monument-flagpole to be named in honor of WWII Hero Guy Gabaldon
Councilmember José Huizar joined Veterans Monday to celebrate Presidents’ Day with a commemoration opening ceremony of the new El Sereno Veterans Monument located in the heart of El Sereno, a community with a long and proud history of military service. As part of the ceremony, the monument’s new flagpole was named in honor of the late WWII hero Guy Gabaldon, an eastside native.
Councilmember José Huizar worked with The American Legion Post 139, the El Sereno Veterans’ Monument Committee, and the Bureau of Street Services on details for the approximate $100,000 project, with Councilmember Huizar securing the funds to implement. The monument is located on a large median on Huntington Drive North, near Van Horne Ave. In years past, Veterans and Memorial Days’ ceremonies, and other patriotic events, took place on a cramped median located on the traffic heavy Eastern and Huntington Drive intersection. The new location is open and spacious and will allow for larger events in a safe environment.
“As we honor great U.S. Presidents like Washington and Lincoln, men whose vision and resolve guided our country through conflicts that came to define the values we hold dear as Americans, I can think of no greater tribute than to honor the Veterans who made that vision possible,” said Councilmember Huizar. “We are also naming the monument’s flag pole in honor of late WWII hero Guy Gabaldon, an eastside Veteran whose bravery is reflective of the military service many Latinos from communities like El Sereno have given to their country. I am honored to help turn the El Sereno Veterans Monument dream into a reality – a beautiful tribute that will allow El Sereno Veterans, community members and visitors to honor and reflect on those who answered the call to service and thank them for their sacrifice.”
A long-time supporter of Veterans throughout CD14, Councilmember Huizar’s office worked with local Veterans and the Bureau of Street Services (BSS) on the design for the monument, which provides a high-profile tribute to local men and women who have served our country.
The monument features a circular design that centers on an American flag that will be lit at night; a base for the flag with five seals representing the five branches of the military; red benches on opposite sides of the outside of the circle; and raised lettering spelling out El Sereno Veterans Memorial.