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The End Of Watch Memorial Wall - LAPPL at Venice Beach, July 5, 2015.
The End Of Watch Memorial Wall is a traveling memorial dedicated to the fallen Officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, commissioned by the Los Angeles Police Protective League along with the Eagle & Badge Foundation.
The Memorial Wall is 58 feet wide, 9 feet tall, made of 15,000 pounds of steel, stainless steel and polymer glass. More than 10,000 LEDS create the beautiful blue lighting effects. The Wall comes together or apart in 5 sections for moving purposes.
There are 207 End of Watch LAPD Officers on the Wall surrounded by all 6 Series LAPD historical badges and the 1 LAPPL Insignia. The main center LAPD Badge is over 4 feet tall and weighs in at over 100 pounds of multi-layered stainless steel. It very well may be the largest stainless steel badge in the world.
Highlights from the 9th Annual Fourth of July Parade on Main Street Santa Monica, Saturday, July 4, 2015.
Race car drivers in a 1931 Buick Series 60 Racer drive on Main Street Santa Monica after completing the annual Hemmings Motor News Great Race on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The cross country vintage-car rally and race began on Saturday, June 20, in Kirkwood, Missouri. The 2,400-mile route travels along the original "Mother Road" sections of historic Route 66 and finished at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, June 28, 2015.
The Great Race is an antique, vintage, and collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally on public highways. It is not a test of top speed. It is a test of a driver/navigator team’s ability to follow precise course instructions and the car’s (and team’s) ability to endure on a cross-country trip. The course instructions require the competing teams to drive at or below the posted speed limits at all times.
Each day the driver and navigator team receives a set of course instructions that indicate every turn, speed change, stop, and start that the team must make throughout the day (usually 220 to 250 such instructions per day). Along the course route there will be from 4 to 7 checkpoints recording the exact time that the team passes that point. The objective is to arrive at each checkpoint at the correct time, not the fastest. The score for each team is the result of the team’s ability to follow the designated course instructions precisely. Every second off the perfect time (early or late) at each checkpoint is a penalty point. This format is much more mentally demanding than a flat-out cross-country race. Also, GPS or computers are not permitted and odometers are taped over. This is a test of human mental agility and endurance as well as classic car endurance, rather than programming capability. The course avoids timed segments on interstate highways, opting instead for scenic local, county, and state highways whenever possible through some of the prettiest country in the United States.