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February 9, 2006
CNN's chief International correspondent Christiane Amanpour, will be making a rare public speaking appearance in Pasadena as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. She will be at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Wed., Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. Individual tickets to Amanpour are not available. However, Amanpour and the remaining speakers are still available in a subscription package of four speakers for $198. Amanpour has reported live from the most troubled areas around the globe, cementing her reputation as the preeminent international correspondent in war-torn or conflicted regions.
November 10, 2004
Now that, as a nation, we have dodged our "doom", I still have a few things to get off my chest. I agree with the editor that most of us can now "resume our lives" which, in reality, if one thinks about it, were never disrupted. Yes, the electoral process has become a "buzz saw" of propaganda machines spewing rhetoric aimed at destroying the opposition and it is wonderful to be free of that. But we are at war and there is nothing normal about that. Especially a war that I and, incidentally, a majority of the world thought should have never been started and, unfortunately, it is not going to end well.
By Mary O’Keefe | August 16, 2007
Former Ambassador Joe Wilson, a career diplomat primarily known in connection with a probe into who in the White House exposed his wife as an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency, will be in La Cañada Flintridge next month. Wilson will serve as guest speaker at the Sept. 30 luncheon hosted by the La Cañada Flintridge Democratic Club. Wilson was a United States diplomat from 1976 to 1998 for both Democratic and Republican administrations. He served at posts throughout African and served as ambassador to Gabon in West Africa.
By Elaine La Marr | May 24, 2007
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.
By Mary O'Keefe | April 5, 2007
LA CRESCENTA — This year's Annual Arbor Day event, held last Saturday at Two Strike Memorial Park, was a poignant celebration. Those in attendance were painfully reminded of the ultimate sacrifice a local family made, having lost their son who was serving in Iraq. Hosted by Crescenta Valley Town Council and the L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation, the day's focus was on Nick Steinbacher, a resident of La Crescenta who had been in Iraq only a short time when the vehicle he was traveling in was hit by a road side bomb on December 10, 2006, ending his life at the age of 22. Although somber in presentation, the day was a time not just to mourn the loss of a community hero but to celebrate this young man's love of life, dedication to his country and the honor that he has brought, not only to his family but to his hometown.
By Mary O'Keefe | November 9, 2006
Paying tribute to those who have served in the military, the Crescenta Valley High School JROTC sponsored a pre-Veterans' Day assembly at the school last Friday where traditions were shared and taught. The JROTC program is the only one in the greater Crescenta Valley area, which includes La Cañada Flintridge. Lt. Col. David Worley is the mentor for the program at the school. There are about 75 students who are part of the school's JROTC program. Last week's assembly began with the presentation of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance.
March 25, 2010
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By Mary O'Keefe | August 3, 2006
Raad Ommar, 56, a longtime La Crescenta resident, was a victim of kidnapping in Baghdad on July 31, according to published reports. Ommar is the chief executive officer of Iraqi American Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He moved back to Iraq in 2003 after the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime. According to reports, gunmen wearing military uniforms and traveling in sport utility vehicles entered a Baghdad business in the afternoon. The initial target was thought to be a cell phone company.
May 19, 2012
Konrad Ludwig grew up in La Cañada Flintridge and as a teenager, enlisted in the Army. Ludwig saw combat during the American troop surge in a hotly contested part of Baghdad known as Sadr City. In August, Ludwig expects to publish his combat memoir, “Stryker: The Siege of Sadr City,” and is using the online fundraising tool Kickstarter to help cover publishing costs. He answered questions from the La Cañada Valley Sun via email. Sun: What prompted you to enlist in the military?
January 10, 2008
Recently, students from La Cañada Elementary School?s sixth grade class wrote holiday messages to be sent to service men and woman in Iraq. The cards were designed, printed and donated by local merchant Prinefex. A few samples: ? Dear Army dudes, Thank you for fighting for our country. You?re good at your job. Despite hard conditions, keep going. Have a happy holiday season. ? Merry Christmas and a happy 2008. Thank your for fighting for U.S. Fight on, dudes!
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