The City of West Hollywood will honor veterans and active members of the United States Armed Forces during its annual Veterans Day 2019 program on Monday, November 11, at 11 a.m. at the Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial, located on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway Drive.
Members of the community are invited to join City officials, City staff members, and representatives of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station and the Los Angeles County Fire Department in honoring our local veterans. Representatives from local veterans’ organizations will be in attendance and United States Marine Corps veteran Dave Culmer will speak.
This year’s theme is “Welcome Home Veterans.” During the program, members of the West Hollywood City Council will recognize those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. There will be a presentation of wreaths while a bugler plays taps, a presentation of colors by the UCLA ROTC Air Force Color Guard, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moment of silence followed by the National Anthem, performed by members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, along with Lindsay Solonycze, a local resident and professional singer who has worked with veterans’ organizations.
This community event is free and open to the public. Public parking will be available nearby at the Kings Road Municipal Parking Structure, located at 8383 Santa Monica Boulevard. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard.
Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial was named after Salvatore Joseph “Sal” Guarriello (March 2, 1919 – April 16, 2009). He was a member of the City Council of the City of West Hollywood, California. He was elected to the City Council in 1990, and reelected four times. He served four one-year terms as mayor. He was an advocate for West Hollywood residents, protected tenants of low-income housing, promoted West Hollywood’s businesses, and upheld public safety.
Guarriello was drafted into the US Military service in the Second World War on January 1944, two months before his twenty-fifth birthday. He was deployed to Anzio, Italy, where the heaviest beach combats took place. Due to the high bloodshed, and the lack of medical personnel, Guarriello was appointed as a combat medic. On April 19, 1945 Guarriello was wounded during an effort to save another comrade’s life. During a heavy mortar and machine gun battle, a soldier from Guarriello’s company lost his leg from a mortar explosion. As the company was retreating from the battlefield, Guarriello went back into the field to rescue the soldier. While he was showing medical attention to the wounded soldier, a mortar exploded behind Guarriello piercing him with shrapnel in his left arm and upper back. On April 26, 1945, while recovering in a hospital in Florence, the Brigadier General awarded Guarriello a Purple Heart for being wounded in the line of duty.