The ceremony included a color guard presentation and tributes by members of the West Hollywood City Council. (photo by Edwin Folven)
Approximately 75 people gathered at the Sal Guarriello Veterans Memorial in West Hollywood on Veterans Day to honor current and past members of the United States Armed Forces.
The observance included a color guard presentation and flag ceremony, as well as tributes to veterans by West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tem John Duran, and Councilmembers Jeffrey Prang and Abbe Land. Numerous veterans from different wars and time periods attended the ceremony at the memorial, which was dedicated in 2001 at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway Drive. The memorial was later named in honor of the late West Hollywood City Councilmember, Sal Guarriello, a World War II veteran who worked to have the memorial created. Prang said the memorial has many features in tribute to veterans, including a plaque, peace column, olive tree and shields representing the different branches of the armed forces. Duran added that the ceremony was also in tribute of members of the LGBT community serving in the military.
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