ECHO PARK — L.A. is littered with overlooked and often vandalized monuments and memorials to people and events that have long faded from memory. One of these forgotten sites –the Victory Memorial Grove — commands the top of a hill with sweeping views of Downtown L.A., Dodger Stadium and the mountains beyond. On Wednesday, this nearly century-old memorial to World War I veterans will be rededicated after it was cleaned up and restored.
Located in Elysian Park, the centerpiece of the grove is a five-foot-high block of granite with a plaque donated to the city by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1921. Over the decades, the block of granite has been covered under layers of tagging as well as layers paint to cover up the tagging. Many of the trees that made up the grove have been cut down.
The restoration of the memorial is part of efforts to commemorate the centennial of the nation’s entry into World War I, also known as The Great War. Courtland Jindra, a member of the California WWI Centennial Task Force, began searching for the memorial grove after conducting research on WWI monuments.
Jindra then worked with the Hollywood American Legion Post 43 and the Los Angeles Eschscholtzia Chapter Daughters to raise funds and recruit volunteers for the restoration.
On Wednesday morning, June 14, Flag Day, a ceremony with a color guard and bugler will be held to rededicate the memorial. “The ceremony will borrow elements from the original dedication in 1921, with some new additions,” said Jindra on the ceremony’s Facebook page.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 am and is open to the public.
Updated: Here’s a photo of the monument after rededication on June 14.
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