Defenders Parkway to Host Memorial Day Tribute to Pasadena's Enduring Heroes

Published : Monday, May 27, 2019 | 4:44 AM

The Enduring Heros Monument shown during its Memorial Day 2017 unveiling and dedication at Defenders Parkway West in Pasadena. Photo by James Carbone.

Those who gave their lives for the United States will be memorialized at Pasadena’s Defenders Parkway West on May 27.

The specific location for the ceremony is the Enduring Heroes Memorial at the park on the southwest corner of Colorado Boulevard and North Orange Grove Avenue, 450 W Colorado Boulevard.

“It will be a small, lovely tribute,” said Jaynie Studenmund, a forever proud Gold Star mother whose son died in Afghanistan back on June 9, 2014. “[Mayor] Terry Tornek, some Gold Star families, and dear friends will be there. All are welcome.

“A few words and prayers will be said,” she continued in an email. “All attending will place a flag at the base of the statue.”

The Enduring Heroes Memorial statue was erected in 2017. Sculpted by Christopher Slatoff, it rests on a 20-foot diameter concrete based and features an 8-foot by 8-foot bronzed combat soldier, carrying a flag, standing atop a boulder.

The memorial is detailed with five cast-bronze armed services medallions and inscriptions from the donors who made its creation and placement a reality.

The stars on the flag are cutouts so that the rain can fall, or weep, through them.

The statue stands across from a World War I monument, and is intended to recognize those who gave their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror.

It is inscribed with the names of soldiers from Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino, La Cañada-Flintridge, and South Pasadena, who paid the ultimate price in those conflicts: Todd J. Bryant; J.P. Blecksmith; Dion Whitely; Sergio Escobar; Carla Jane Steward; Adam J. Rosema; Cory Hiltz; Rogelio Ramirez, William J. Gilbert; Scott R. Studenmund; and Joseph Stifter.

The memorial ceremony will start at 4 p.m.

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