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Alone with his memories and the crosses of heroes

Alone with his memories and the crosses of heroes

Nov. 11, 1963: World War I veteran P. Rosso of Hollywood meditates at the base of a Civil War statue before placing flowers at Sawtelle cemetery in memory of war dead.

Under the headline “Alone with His Memories and the Crosses of Heroes,” this photo by retired staff photographer John Malmin was published eight columns wide in the Nov. 12, 1963, Los Angeles Times.

The Times reported on Nov. 12, 1963, that:

Only a handful of formal observances on Veterans Day made Monday any different from an ordinary holiday in Southern California.

Even though most schools in the county were closed and government workers had the day off, the day set aside to honor American’s war dead passed virtually unnoticed…..

At the Veterans Administration Cemetery in Sawtelle graves of veterans of past wars were decorated by visitors. There was no program.

This photo won an honorable mention in the feature category in the 1963 California-Nevada Associated Press photo contest.


  1. November 12, 2012, 7:28 am

    who recalls the names of LA's 160th Infantry's Death March heros? I remember my buddy, Robert Wilson.

    By: ccastacoldeye
  2. November 12, 2012, 11:02 am

    i like ,oh nice

  3. November 13, 2012, 4:05 am

    Amazing moment. My husband is a veteran and I’m proud of him. Very nice image. I can see why it was honored.

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