• Hope 101 Tour


    by Winston Chua

    ALHAMBRA – To celebrate America’s Independence in style, one SGV native is doing something very special for WWII veterans and their families, taking them on a tour from L.A. to San Francisco along California’s Highway 101. 
    Diane Pirzada is that inspired woman, who has named her trip “Hope 101,” and she hopes to demonstrate to vets that their efforts and sacrifice have not been forgotten by ordinary people. 
    Hope 101 starts Friday, July 1, the Fourth of July weekend in 2011, where Pirzada has planned a breakfast at Twoheys to honor the vets. She wrote, “We must never forget the families who have lost their loved ones in battle. Let’s come alongside them with hope. These families need to know we care, and their sons and daughters are our sons and daughters.”
    Pirzada will bring along with her on her journey a Hope Chest, to be filled with the hopes, prayers and dreams of the vets. It will store these notes, whether they be for themselves, their families, communities, nation or the world.
    Honoring vets has become a calling for Pirzada, who in 2004 took a trip to an antique shop where she discovered items from a Red Cross volunteer that included Red Cross pins, dog tags, photos and soldier portraits painted by Rosabelle Hamann. Those WWII portraits 
    Pirzada discovered items from an American Red Cross volunteer Rosabelle Hamann. Items such as Red Cross pins, dog tags, photographs and some amazing water color portraits of soldiers that Hamann had painted while she was in New Guinea and the Philippines in 1944-45. World War II was increasing in the Pacific and Hamann decided to join the hospital service of the American Red Cross and help with the war effort. Hamann’s portraits made a lasting impression on Pirzada.

    She has a Facebook page called Diane Pirzada’s HOPE 101, which all are welcome to check out. For more info you can email Pirzada at dianepirzada@aol.com

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