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Locals to mark Veterans Day at Veterans' Historical Plaza

Posted: November 10, 2009 3:26 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2009 4:43 p.m.
The city of Santa Clarita invites community members to join the Santa Clarita City Council for a special Veterans Day Ceremony.

The event, hosted to commemorate the national day of honoring America's veterans and military families, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Veteran's Historical Plaza in Old Town Newhall.

The Veterans Day Ceremony will open with the Changing of the Flags at the Veterans Plaza by the Knights of Columbus Santa Clarita Assembly, along with representatives from various armed services recruiting offices. The event will feature musical performances by local favorites Danielle and Erika Christopher, Marilyn Hackett and Herb Hightower.

The ceremony will also include addresses by local speakers, such as Dick Jeffrey of the Santa Clarita Valley Veteran's Memorial Committee, Rabbi Mark Blazer, Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste, and councilmembers Laurie Ender, Marsha McLean and Bob Kellar, who is an Army veteran.

One of the most exciting elements of the ceremony is the dedication of 11 Story Stations, which describe the major conflicts in America's history. The 11 bronze Story Stations were donated to the Veterans Plaza by community members to honor those who have served, and continue to serve, to preserve our freedom.

The Story Stations are comprised of bronze plaques featuring iconic artwork by local artist Frank Rock. The stations are designed to depict crucial moments in American history through artwork in a visually striking way.

"The city of Santa Clarita worked with representatives from several local organizations to plan the Santa Clarita Veterans' Day Ceremony, including the Historical Veteran's Committee, Prayer Angels for the Military, Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons Chapter #82, SCV Blue Star Mothers Chapter #91 and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution," Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste said. "The city and the council extend their gratitude to these crucial local organizations for their efforts toward supporting veterans and active duty military personnel and their families throughout the year."

Currently, hundreds of Santa Clarita community members serve their nation in the armed services. Residents are invited to attend the Santa Clarita Veterans Day Ceremony to join friends and neighbors in support of members of the armed services' sacrifice and courage.

The Santa Clarita Veterans' Historical Plaza is located at 24275 N. Walnut St. in Old Town Newhall, 91321.


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