This year marks the first time I attended the annual service that celebrates the life of Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino. I was amazed at the amount of like-minded people whose sole purpose was to visit and pay their respect to a remarkable man whose life was cut short but lives forever on film. The location is always the same which is Hollywood Forever Cemetery in the Cathedral Mausoleum where he is interred and the date and time are always the same 23 Aug at 1210 hours. Every year there is a different theme. The layout is very respectful and dignified. The year’s program had a moving video of Valentino’s birth place followed by one of the guest speakers sharing his experiences of traveling to Rudy’s birthplace. There was a wonderful reading out of Rudy’s Book Day Dreams, a memorial tribute video and the wonderful Wegter Family who sung two songs that were specially written for this memorial service. There was another moving video of Falcon Lair: A Last look followed by Mr. Christopher Riordan another featured guest speaker who shared his memories and historical facts on Falcon Lair. The service ended with Ms. Stella Grace leading the audience in the 23rd Psalm.
Afterwards everyone had an opportunity to speak with one another and take pictures of the wonderful display that was set up towards the front of the service. I was honored to of met so many people that I had always wanted to meet the gracious and remarkable Mr. Terhune, Ms. Grace, and of course my personal hero Mr. Riordan. Finally, I slipped away to pay my respect to my other personal hero Rudolph Valentino. This was the experience of a lifetime and one that I will never forget. Of course, I do plan on attending next year. For those that have not gone I encourage you to do so.