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SCV to honor veterans throughout weekend

Posted: November 8, 2013 6:57 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2013 6:57 p.m.
 

Veterans Day kicks off early in the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday with a celebration and groundbreaking ceremony for a new complex of homes for low-income veterans that’s being built in Centre Pointe.

“Veterans Village,” featuring 87 homes on 24 acres — which can be purchased using CalVet home loans — will be the first housing complex of its kind built and set aside for veterans, said Sarah Steffen said, manager of marketing and development for Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys.

“It not only provides housing, but also provides veterans the opportunity to climb up to middle-class status,” she said.

The new community will offer educational programs, counseling, health services and other programs designed to aid veterans and their families. Sixteen families are already approved for homes, with more than 100 families still in process.

The ceremony, hosted by SCV Habitat for Heroes and United Services Organization (USO) Greater Los Angeles, begins at 11 a.m. on the Veterans Village site at Centre Pointe Parkway north of Bowman High School.

A barbecue for the troops and a USO stage show featuring the Late Night Jazz Orchestra and comedians Erik Knowles and Justin Woods will follow the groundbreaking ceremony.

Dignitaries on hand for the event will be Congressmen Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, state senator Steve Knight, R-Lancaster, Assemblymen Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, Steve Fox, D-Palmdale, according to organizers.

Admission is $20; however, military and veterans get free entry with proof of service. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting www.HumanityCA.org/ourevents.

Monday events
Santa Clarita will host its annual Veterans Day celebration Monday at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Historical Plaza in Newhall.

“The city is proud to partner with other local organizations to host the Veterans Day Ceremony to remember those we’ve lost, and honor those who have so bravely vowed to protect and serve our country,” Mayor Bob Kellar said in a news release.

Charter College Canyon Country will also be honoring veterans during a Veterans Day celebration Monday on its campus at 27125 Sierra Highway, Ste. 329 in Canyon Country. The free celebration includes a lunch, honor wall, posting of flags, raffle and guest speakers. Mayor Kellar is scheduled to speak.

For more information on Charter’s Veterans Day events, call 661-347-7658.

Traveling Wall
Those who missed the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall during its visit to the Santa Clarita Valley in September, or who want to repeat the experience of visiting the wall, can drive to Palmdale to see the Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which will be on display at the Palmdale Amphitheater through 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The amphitheater is located at 2723 Rancho Vista Boulevard. For more information, contact 661-524-6408. A Monday Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled at the wall.

Veteran services
Two events in the general area are planned in the near future to aid local veterans.

On Nov. 19, VA-accredited attorney Carrie E. Barns will hold a free session on various types of monthly cash benefits available for seniors who are veterans, along with requirements to obtain them.

The session is scheduled at Summerhill Villa, 24431 Lyons Avenue. Check-in is at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 661-287-3260 or email marie@janemcnamara.com.

Disabled American Veterans will open a mobile service office in Lancaster on Nov. 19 at the Veterans Resource Center at Antelope Valley College, 3041 W. Avenue K. The office will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closures
Government offices, including Santa Clarita City Hall, are closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day.

 

 

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