“The City of West Hollywood Honors the many men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country” reads a banner at the Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial located at the intersection of Holloway Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard on Memorial Day 2021.
“Today, we remember those who gave their lives in service to our country, as well as their families, friends and loved ones who keep their memory alive,” posted West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath on her instagram account.
The City of West Hollywood has suspended parking enforcement in recognition of the national holiday on Monday, May 31, 2021.
The Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market is also closed in observance Memorial Day 2021.
The Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial maximizes green space while incorporating components honoring veterans including four flagpoles, a row of shields commemorating the five branches of the United States Armed Forces, a dedication plaque and poetry quoted from former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
Approximately 7,000 square feet of landscaping such as Redwood and Laurel trees, grasses and shrubs highlight the park, along with benches and decomposed granite walkways. A water feature element is currently under construction and reinforces the intended purpose of the Memorial as a place of honor and remembrance. The design of the Water Feature depicts the rising and falling of cascading water over the brim of an eight-foot tall inverted cone-shaped element into an awaiting water basin.
The design of the Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial represents a collaboration of the City’s Veterans’ Memorial Task Force, the Fine Arts Commission and the design firm Campbell and Campbell Architects-Planners-Landscape Architects.
Salvatore Joseph “Sal” Guarriello (March 2, 1919 – April 16, 2009) 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.