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Service to Honor Latest Fallen LCF Soldier

May 24, 2007|By Elaine La Marr

Once again at this year's Memorial Day Service, to be held at the Memorial Park bandstand at 9 a.m. Monday, May 28, citizens of La Cañada Flintridge will be called to honor another one of their own, fallen in time of war, as the name of Spc. Carla J. Stewart, US Army is dedicated and placed on a plaque that honors those who have lost their lives in Iraq. Her name will join those of 1st Lt. Todd J. Bryant, US Army and 2nd Lt. James P.

Blecksmith, USMC.

Participants will also honor those who have lost their lives in battle in service of their country during WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam, as well as those who have served and survived.

Recognizing and presenting the veterans, will be speaker Ed Blecksmith, whose son 2nd Lt. James P. Blecksmith's name was placed on the memorial following his death in Iraq on November 11, 2004.

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The dedication ceremony will honor Spc. Stewart, a former student at La Cañada High School who was killed in Iraq on January 26 when her vehicle overturned in Tallil. A member of Army Reserves, she completed basic training in South Carolina and was assigned to the 250th Transportation Company based in El Monte prior to her deployment to Iraq. Her mother Emmy Aprahamian will attend the memorial service.

"I appreciate the thought that she [Stewart] is appreciated and honored. I am sure she is seeing this and appreciating it as well," an emotional Aprahamian said. "It is such a sacrifice on the part of the soldiers and the parents. The pain is unbearable."

La Cañadan Don Hingst who has chaired Memorial Day Service for the past 30 years, will again bring his heartfelt words to those who gather to honor these individuals. This year, he will co- chair the event with Joe Puglia.

Hingst explained, "It is an extremely important part of the our education as a community, and to pass on the legacy of what these people have done. They need to be honored. The hardest part is seeing the names," he said, his voice cracking with emotion. "At last year's ceremony, we were also thrilled to have 32 WWII veterans in attendance. Some have passed away since then. We hope to have a large number attending again this year."

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