Speaking at a Memorial Day service in Montrose, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) recalled a young man he had nominated for the Naval Academy in 2006.
Four years later, that man — William McIlvaine of Burbank — graduated with honors and his lifetime dream of becoming a military pilot came true. Three months ago, McIlvaine was killed when his plane crashed, Schiff said.
“It's a beautiful thing to have people who are not afraid to risk it all, but when it is redeemed so young, it's a terrible thing,” he said.
Similar remembrances played out at Memorial Day ceremonies across the region on Monday as crowds gathered to honor those who, like McIlvaine, have made ultimate sacrifice.
A flyover by the Condor Squadron kicked off the city of Burbank's ceremony at the McCambridge Park War Memorial, where Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy thanked people “who came to honor their family members who died in battle.”