Celebrate Louis Zamperini’s 103rd Birthday at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum

l-zamperini1This weekend, the Torrance Historical Society and Museum is honoring the memory of a City legend.

Sunday, January 26th would have been Louis Zamperini’s 103rd birthday and officials are inviting the public to celebrate his life through memorabilia. The hometown hero was a World War II Veteran, an Olympic distance runner and local from Torrance. The museum is home to a large collection of Zamperini memorabilia. Attendees will be able to watch the City’s Centennial DVD and clip of when Zamperini won the 1934 Southern California Track and Field Championship. Some of the items that will be on display are his training shorts & sweatshirt Louis wore during the 1936 Olympics, luggage the community bought for him to attend the Olympic tryouts in New York and his diary entry from before he left on the reconnaissance mission that landed him afloat in the Pacific Ocean for 47 days with barely any water or food and a prison camp where he was tortured for more than 2 years. His daughter Cynthia along with members from the Torrance High Track team will also be there.

The event is free and open to the public this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Torrance Historical Society and Museum.