Children busied themselves making keepsake party hats, sun glasses, and streamers as parents relaxed under the trees listening to the Tony Capko Orchestra, featuring Bernie Miesinger.
Nearly everyone had a story to share about how the city has evolved over the years.
“I’ve been in Palmdale since 1989,” said Kamal Al-Khatib. “I came here when the population was about 67,000, and over the years I saw a lot of development here… The population keeps growing and getting more diverse.”
“I’ve been here for 23 years and it’s grown a lot,” said Dr. Krishna Doddana. “When I first came, there was nothing between Acton and Lancaster, but the population has exploded over the years and there’s been a lot of positive change.”
“We can learn from Palmdale what we need to do in Lancaster,” said Lancaster resident Dr. Miguel Coronado. “The camaraderie, the togetherness, the friendliness, and the openness of the people from all backgrounds and nationalities.”
Highlights of the evening included a special tribute to the City’s founding fathers, a Palmdale “cheer” led by the Dazzler cheerleaders from Dazzler Cheer, and an appearance by Palmdale resident and Olympic medalist Lashinda Demus.
“This is evidence that we are a community,” said Communications Manager John Mylnar. “We are a community of people who like to have a good time together, who like to celebrate together.”
View sights from the celebration below, and then visit our facebook page for many more pictures of the event.
For many more pictures of Palmdale’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, visit our facebook page.