Monday, November 25, 2013

Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial

Dapper Larry at the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial, DTLA
On Saturday we drove downtown to the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial.  I've seen this relief mural all my life.  It was constructed during the 1950's on Hill Street.  This is a stretch of Hill Street near the freeway.  It's very easy to zoom past this and never even notice the mural.  It's quite beautiful.   Here is Wikipedia's description: 
The Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial is a large stone memorial wall built in 1957 on part of the original location of Fort Moore facing North Hill Street in Downtown Los Angeles.
As the largest bas-relief military monument in the United States, it honors the Mormon Battalion,  the U.S. 1st Dragoons, and the New YorkVolunteers who raised the American flag over the fort on July 4, 1847, at the first Independence Day in Los Angeles.
Funded by the County of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Board of Education and the Department of Water and Power, the memorial was designed by Kazumi Adachi and Dike Nagano and dedicated on July 3, 1957. Featuring four different panels, a 78 feet (24 m) by 45 feet (14 m) terra cotta panel designed by  Henry Kreis is the most prominent feature and portrays the July 4 event.
Other panels represent the agricultural and spiritual foundation of the region; transportation that shaped the city at the end of the 19th century; and the crucial role that water and electricity play in a large modern city.



Our friend Regina invited us to her birthday party on this historic site!  Regina's husband, Hardy, arranged everything.  He even wore an identical Mexican-American War uniform like  the soldiers in this mural!  
"Major" Hardy and the Birthday Girl, Regina



There was music, passed hot hor d'oeuvres, drinks, massive amounts of tables and chairs, heaters, a huge birthday cake and fabulous lighting!  We saw many friends and had a wonderful time!

Steven and Jeffrey
Loren, Pete, John and Linda


We were warned to dress in WARM cocktail attire.  It is November and quite chilly at night in Los Angeles.
Party Attire
 It was a clear and beautiful night in Downtown Los Angeles!  Happy Birthday, Regina!

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