For those of you in the United States, I hope you're having a nice Veteran's Days and for those of you in U.K, a pleasant, albeit belated, Remembrance Day to you. It's on days like this that I always get sentimental about the country I live in and what it stands for. More importantly, I think about the men and women who chose to put on a uniform and serve in this country's military. They swore an oath to defend the United States against all foreign enemies and the nation's freedoms written into the Constitution. I also think about my uncles: two (now deceased) served in World War II and a third who served in the Korean Conflict. They served, I believe, not only because they were called, they served because of their immigrant parents that came to the United States in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century looking for opportunities. If you haven't done so already, please remember to thank a person in a military uniform. However, the United States Veteran's Administration has not been so kind to its historic property.
|Los Angeles Veteran's Administration Building|
|West Los Angeles VA Chapel|
|Garden view of VA Building|
|West Los Angeles VA Building in reflection|
|Exterior corridor at the West LA VA Building|
Speaking of buildings that could definitely benefit from a public-private partnership, Tower Records still needs your help. Please go to http://www.change.org and sign the online petition. Also email Council Member Stephanie Reich at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know why this building should not be demolished to make way for another high-end mixed used development.
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