Late in May Arthur O. Spaulding of Ojai received an invitation to participate in the Memorial Day Parade in Washington D. C., along with a dozen other former members of World War II armed forces. The purpose of their presence in the Parade was to remind onlookers and those watching on TV that these men and women were typical of those who preserved the freedom of the United States. Spaulding served several years in the Army, was in charge of a 4.2 inch mortar in the Battle of the Bulge and subsequent battles, and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds in combat and a Bronze Star for gallantry in action. It is estimated that more than 300,000 watched the Parade in Washington.
Arthur can be seen hanging out at the Secret Garden in Ventura with a group of very active “senior”musicians sharing life stories and music.