Hundreds of Burbank residents flocked to the McCambridge Park War Memorial on Monday to honor U.S. military veterans for generations of service to the nation.
Sponsored by the city and the Burbank Veterans Committee, the event began with a flyover by the Condor Squadron.
“Let us not forget those who died in service to our country, those veterans that are hospitalized and cannot be with us, all those veterans that are homeless, and the veterans that are still dealing with the stress of the wartime experience,” said Mickey DePalo, chair of the Burbank Veterans Committee, in his opening remarks.
Among those honored at the ceremony were Maj. Mitzi Koch-Hawk, a Burbank native who retired from the Air Force in August after 24 years of service, and Lt. Col. Robert Friend, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, who flew 142 combat missions over Germany during World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the nation's armed forces.