The band’s final rehearsal at McCambridge Park could be heard a block away, causing drivers to turn their heads or honk, and passersby to pause and take in the scene.
More than half the seats set up for Burbank’s Veterans Day Ceremony were taken well before the event’s 11 a.m. start.
The 90-minute event Friday was hosted by the Veterans Commemorative Committee and the city’s Park, Recreation and Community Services Department.
Children were running on the grass, adults searched for the best spot for their lawn chairs, while others simply watched the band or the tall flags near the war memorial.
The ceremony was attended by scores of parents, children and at least one family dog. Guests included veterans, staff from congressional leaders, Sen. Carol Liu and the Burbank City Council.
The skies cleared just in time for the flyover from the Condor Squadron. Mickey DePalo, chairman of Burbank's Veterans Commemorative Committee, said in his welcoming remarks that he couldn’t recall a day when it rained on Memorial Day or Veterans Day celebrations.