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Monday, May 30, 2016

Clampers Invade Sylmar On Memorial Day

Above, the Clamper monument. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Memorial Day was spent dedicating a monument at the Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in Sylmar, California with Platrix Chapter No. 2 of E Clampus Vitus and many other people.

The dedication was part of a program put on by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, who oversees the upkeep of the cemetery.

The event was attended by about 30 Clampers, elected officials, other dignitaries and citizens.

It was an enjoyable event (although the bagpiper's performance of "Amazing Grace" left much to be desired). Poor guy.

Following the event, the Clampers migrated to the clubhouse of El Cariso Golf Course for refreshments.

Here are some photos of the event:

Above, the main entrance to the cemetery. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, one of the few remaining headstones. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, yours truly in full Clamper regalia. Photo by Dave Nicholson.

Above, Dave Nicholson and Armand.

Above, Platrix Noble Grand Humbug Denny “Too Tall” Thompson.

Above, the monument is unveiled. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, Platrix Historian Glenn Thornhill tells of the history of E Clampus Vitus. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, some of the attendees. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, Pioneer Memorial Cemetery. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, Glenn Thornhill and Armand at the El Cariso Golf Course bar.

Above, a toast to Clampers who have gone to the Golden Hills. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, the event patch. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


Cesar De Leon said...


Pioneer said...

Dear Clampers: It is with great admiration that the Pioneer Cemetery Committee Thanks You for the beautiful monument,honoring the five Civil War Veterans, that was dedicated on Monday, May 30, 2016. I could not find a mailing address to send a letter but was fortunate enough to find this page and hope it is forwarded to the whole group that took part in our annual Memorial Day program. I did not have the chance to meet any of you but your group sounds like great fun. My sister, Jacky Walker, was very impressed with the monument and the gentleman that prepared the site. It was quite a wonderful day and we appreciate your participation. Thank you.

Alma Wade, Secretary-Treasurer, Pioneer Cemetery, Sylmar, CA

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