Memorial Day came and went last year without any American flags waving from the Glendale-Hyperion bridge as they have in years past. Last year, the city lacked the money to install the flags on the span linking Atwater Village and Silver Lake in time for the holiday, explained a spokesman for Tom LaBonge. This year, however, there appears to be more money, and LaBonge has introduced a City Council motion to allocate a little more than $2,000 to hang 30 red, white and blue flags from lampposts of the Glendale-Hyperion bridge, which was built in the late 1920s and is also known Victory Memorial Bridge. The flags will remain until Nov. 30. Says the motion:
With the upcoming observance of Memorial Day, the celebration of our country’s birth on Independence Day, the patriotism of 9/11, and honoring of our Nation’s veterans, it is significant and appropriate for United States flags to be installed along the Glendale-Hyperion Viaduct Bridge to commemorate these occasions and to salute our veterans and armed forces who have served in defense of our country.
But the City Council will be cutting it close. The motion has been scheduled for a vote on Friday, May 25 – three days before Memorial Day.