Silver Lake blogger Will Campbell was riding his bike across the Glendale-Hyperion bridge over the Los Angeles River earlier this month when he noticed something was missing. The American flags. The flags normally appear on the bridge, which connects Atwater Village and Silver Lake, in time for Memorial Day. In fact, the span, composed of two bridges, has been called the Victory Memorial Bridge. Said Campbell after seeing the naked bridge:
Biking to Glendale from Silver Lake over the Hyperion Viaduct (aka “Victory Memorial Bridge”) this afternoon, I was struck by the absence of the American flags that normally flap from each light pole from top to bottom each year between Memorial Day to… whenever they eventually take them down.
Last year, as in years’ past, the City Council approved spending more than $2,000 to hang 30 U.S. flags from May 25 through Sept. 30. What happened this year?
Todd Leitz, spokesman for City Councilman Tom LaBonge, said money was not available during the current fiscal year to install the flags in time for Memorial Day. However, Leitz said there might be money for the flags when the new fiscal year begins July 1. ” We’re hoping to get the funding to get the flags up on the bridge in time for the Fourth of July.”