Only close family and friends — which included some lifelong acquaintances from Torrance along with Hollywood stars — were invited to attend Louis Zamperini’s funeral Sunday at Hollywood Presbyterian Church.
But the city of Torrance, where Zamperini grew up, is now planning its own send-off for the hometown hero.
“It’s open to the public,” Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto said a few hours before he was to announce the plans at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. “We’re encouraging everyone to come and we really hope that Torrance High School alumni will come out in force.”
The gathering is planned for 6 p.m. July 31 at Zamperini Stadium at Torrance High School, Zamperini’s alma mater. The football stadium at 2125 Lincoln Ave., near Arlington Avenue, also hosts track and field meets, which Zamperini excelled at before moving on to compete at USC and in the Olympics.
“We plan to have guest speakers there; the alumni association will be represented,” said Scotto, who attended the private funeral. “And we hope to have flyovers. We’re arranging that right now. It will be a true tribute to a local hero.”
WANT TO GO?
What: Public memorial service for Louis Zamperini, who died July 3 at the age of 97
When: 6 p.m. July 31
Where: Zamperini Stadium at Torrance High School, 2125 Lincoln Ave., near Arlington Avenue
Donations: Donations can be made in Zamperini’s memory to the Victory Boys Camp in Los Angeles that Zamperini founded in 1952 to provide help for troubled youth; the family will continue to operate the camp. Checks should be made out to “Victory Boys Camp” and sent to Victory Boys Camp, 2338 Hollyridge Drive, Hollywood, CA 90068
Condolences: Correspondence should be addressed to Zamperini family, c/o Torrance Historical Society, 1345 Post Ave., Torrance, CA 90501