Thousands Gather In Torrance To Celebrate Late Hometown Hero Louis Zamperini

From my Hometown in Los Angeles.

CBS Los Angeles

TORRANCE (CBSLA.com) —  It was a celebration of life 97 years in the making.

People in Torrance were remembering former Olympian, World War II POW and hometown hero Louis Zamperini Thursday.

Louis Zamperini, 94, at his Hollywood home. The flame still burns in him as he holds the olympic torch he carried at the 1984 Olympic Games. Photo by Brad Graverson 11-7-10 Louis Zamperini, 94, at his Hollywood home. The flame still burns in him as he holds the Olympic torch he carried at the 1984 Olympic Games. Photo by Brad Graverson 11-7-10

The public memorial service was held at the Zamperini Stadium at Torrance High School, his alma mater, and included flyovers, a symbolic lap around the track and public addresses from the late hero’s family.

“He [had] 97 years of a life well-lived. We mourn him. But we also celebrate him,” son Luke Zamperini told KCAL9’s Juan Fernandez.

Zamperini, who died from pneumonia July 2, was a world-class distance runner by the time he graduated from Torrance High School. He later attended USC on a track scholarship, and at…

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