BURBANK — Hundreds of residents gathered Monday to honor Burbank servicemen and women who have fought and continue to defend the United States on the battlefields.
During the annual Memorial Day tradition, members of the Burbank Veteran Commemorative Committee read the names of 215 local service members who were killed in either World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War or the global war on terrorism.
“Every Memorial Day, we read their names, but do we know anything about them?” committee member Mike McDaniel told residents at the McCambridge Park War Memorial.
Determined to learn more about Burbank’s hometown heroes, the committee members embarked on a mission to “find out more about the names,” he said.
Committee members eventually gathered enough historical background to create a book, which they showcased at the ceremony.
“Having read these names hundreds of times as I researched the book, I have come to know them, I feel them, and I think we all here need to be the same way,” McDaniel told residents.