Lost No More

House passes Schiff amendment to add names of ‘The Lost 74’ to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Seventy-four sailors who lost their lives on the USS Frank E. Evans during the Vietnam War will have their names added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

“The Lost 74 died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans during the Vietnam War, and today the House took an important step to ensure their sacrifice is not forgotten,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank).

Schiff announced on Friday that by a 220-197 vote the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) instructing the Department of Defense to add the names of the memorial.

On June 3, 1969 the American destroyer was struck by the HMAS Melbourne, an Australian aircraft carrier in the South China Sea, during a joint Southeast Asia Treaty Organization exercise called “Sea Spirit” at the time of the collision. Despite operating in Vietnamese waters immediately before deployment to the joint exercise, and a scheduled return to activities supporting the war effort after the exercise, it was determined that since the incident occurred outside the geographical limit for the combat zone the sailors who lost their lives were ineligible for inclusion on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

That conclusion did not acknowledge that at the time of the incident, the crew of the USS Evans was instrumental in advancing American military objectives in Vietnam and had participated in conflict just days before the collision.

Meaningful Celebration

Sri Lanka Day Expo festival of lights pays tribute to memory of bomb victims

The Sri Lanka Foundation of Los Angeles is in full swing preparing for the 13th annual Sri Lanka Day Expo Saturday, with this year’s main stage located in Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue.

This year’s event will feature a display of 5,000 handmade Sri Lankan lanterns lit up in memory of the victims who died in the bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, April 21.

There will be a full day’s worth of activities at the free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, among them traditional stage performances that include a variety of dance and music styles rooted in the country’s ethnic and topographical diversity. The majority of dances are performed with live drumming. There will be up country and low country dances in addition to a tamil classic dance harvest dance.

The highlight of the day will take place at 6:30 p.m., when the Parade of Lanka makes its way along the world famous Rose Parade route along Colorado Boulevard, including a fire dance, whip crackers, stick dance, up stick dance, bamboo sieve dance and a kawadi dance.

Cutting-Edge Musical

Debatable Productions presents classic musical ‘Sweeney Todd’ at Boston Court Friday through Sunday

The classic modern musical “Sweeney Todd” will be presented Friday through Sunday at the Boston Court Pasadena theater at 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, the play debuted on Broadway  in 1973 and recounts the infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett as he kills  his customers to provide meat for her pies.

Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit debtableproductions.com.