Pasadena Pays Tribute to Its Enduring Heroes

Jaynie Studenmund a Gold Star mom speaks about our heros during the Memorial Days Service at the Enduring Heros memorial Statue in Pasadena\'s Defender\'s Park. Photo by James CarboneMemorial Days Service at the Enduring Heros memorial Statue in Pasadena\'s Defender\'s Park. Photo by James CarboneMemorial Days Service at the Enduring Heros memorial Statue in Pasadena\'s Defender\'s Park. Photo by James CarboneMemorial Days Service at the Enduring Heros memorial Statue in Pasadena\'s Defender\'s Park. Photo by James CarboneMemorial Days Service at the Enduring Heros memorial Statue in Pasadena\'s Defender\'s Park. Photo by James CarboneJaynie Studenmund a Gold Star mom and Mayor of Pasadena Terry Turnek during the Memorial Days Service at the Enduring Heros memorial Statue in Pasadena\'s Defender\'s Park. Photo by James CarboneMemorial Days Service at the Enduring Heros memorial Statue in Pasadena\'s Defender\'s Park. Photo by James CarboneMemorial Days Service at the Enduring Heros memorial Statue in Pasadena\'s Defender\'s Park. Photo by James CarboneMemorial Days Service at the Enduring Heros memorial Statue in Pasadena\'s Defender\'s Park. Photo by James Carbone

Photography by JAMES CARBONE

5:01 am | May 28, 2019


Those who gave their lives for our United States, those enduring heroes from the Pasadena area, were memorialized during a ceremony held at Pasadena’s Defenders Parkway West on Monday.

The remembrance, held in the park on the southwest corner of Colorado Boulevard and North Orange Grove Avenue, was planned as “a small, lovely tribute,” said Jaynie Studenmund, a forever proud Gold Star mother whose son died in Afghanistan on June 9, 2014.

Mayor Terry Tornek and Maria Tornek attended as well as other Gold Star families, their friends, and community members.

Prayers and comments were said. Flags were placed around 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.