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Sylmar in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Lest We Forget

 
 
Lest We Forget Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 21, 2018
1. Lest We Forget Marker
Inscription. This tablet presented February 9, 1979, to the Veterans Memorial Park, in loving memory of the many veterans, nurses, and aids of the San Fernando Valley Veterans Hospital, whose lives were lost during the earthquake of February 9, 1971.
 
Erected 1979 by Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 34° 19.509′ N, 118° 25.018′ W. Marker is in Sylmar, California, in Los Angeles County. Touch for map. At the end of Sayre St, next to the flagpole at the entrance to Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13000 Sayre St., Sylmar CA 91342, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Loop Fire (approx. 0.6 miles away); The San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Griffith Ranch (approx. 2˝ miles away); Rogerio Rocha (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mission Wells (approx. 3.1 miles away); César Chávez Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); Casa de Lopez (approx. 3.3 miles away); Father Junipero Serra / Fray Junipero Serra (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylmar.
 
Regarding Lest We Forget.
Lest We Forget Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 21, 2018
2. Lest We Forget Marker
The Sylmar Earthquake occurred at 6:00 am on February 9, 1971. It registered 6.6 on the Richter scale. 64 people were killed, including 44 at this hospital, which is now a memorial park. The nearby Olive View Hospital was damaged, resulting in three deaths. 80,000 people were evacuated (including me, -CB) when the Van Norman Dam nearly collapsed.

The 1994 Northridge Earthquake had a similar magnitude, duration, time of day, time of year, damage, number of fatalities, and area affected, as the 1971 earthquake.
 
Also see . . .  2016 Newspaper Article. Remembering the quake and the hospital, from February 8 2016 Daily News. (Submitted on February 23, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Sylmar Earthquake, San Fernando Earthquake,
 
Categories. DisastersParks & Recreational Areas
 
Lest We Forget Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 21, 2018
3. Lest We Forget Marker
Marker is to the left of the flagpole at the park entrance.
Before the Earthquake image. Click for full size.
circa 1970
4. Before the Earthquake
The parking lot at the lower left still exists today at the west end of the park. The marker location is to the right of this photo.
After the Earthquake image. Click for full size.
circa 1971
5. After the Earthquake
The collapsed buildings were built between 1926 and 1933. Newer buildings did not have major damage, but they were removed to create a memorial park.
Rescuers digging through the rubble image. Click for full size.
circa 1971
6. Rescuers digging through the rubble
Evacuees and Employees image. Click for full size.
circa 1971
7. Evacuees and Employees
Another Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 23, 2018
8. Another Marker
This small marker is on a drinking fountain near the cactus garden at the back of the park. The garden was an original part of the hospital grounds.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 23, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 23, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   7, 8. submitted on February 28, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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