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Veterans Committee prepares for Memorial Day ‘Tribute to Veterans’

Posted: April 15, 2010 12:19 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2010 12:09 p.m.

Over a thousand Santa Clarita Valley residents will gather for the 22nd Annual "Tribute to Veterans" on Memorial Day.

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The distinctive sound and appearance of the Condor Squadron aircraft flying overhead will mark the commencement of the 22nd Annual Tribute to Veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, starting at 10 a.m. 

More than a thousand Santa Clarita Valley residents, many dressed in red, white and blue, will gather beneath the towering oaks and on the surrounding grassy hills of Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall 91321, for the annual tribute.
This year's tribute will be dedicated to all American Veterans and active Military.

Citizens and organizations from all over the Santa Clarita Valley support the annual Tribute to Veterans which insures that the significance of Memorial Day and of community spirit are passed on to succeeding generations of our community's youth.

On the Saturday before Memorial Day, more than 500 area Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and young marines will come to Eternal Valley to place more than 4,000 American flags on the graves of veterans.

Santa Clarita's Elks' Lodge (BPOE #2379) will provide lunch to the boys and girls when they have finished the flag placements.

The Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans has been organized by the Santa Clarita Valley Veterans Memorial Committee and Eternal Valley Memorial Park for the past 22 years to honor the men and women who have given their lives to win and preserve America's freedom.

The Committee raised private donations to build the Veterans Memorial Wall, consisting of four white marble blocks holding black granite panels on which the names of more than 850 SCV Veterans are now inscribed. The memorial was dedicated in 1992.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce President Bill Kennedy, a retired Colonel of the U.S. Air Force. This year's observance will begin with a special recognition of WWII Pacific theater veterans.

The National and State Flags will be presented by the Wm. S. Hart High School JROTC. Veterans from the Lost Patrol-Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 355, American Legion Post 507, VFW Post 6110, VFW Post 6885 will all post the flags of the military services and their veterans' organizations.

This year's guest speaker is Patrick Connelly, Lt. Commander, USNR, Retired.

A local Scout will lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Erika and Danielle Christopher will sing the National Anthem. The invocation and benediction will be delivered by Pastor Robert Burns of the Santa Clarita Christian Center.

As the one hour observance progresses there will be participation by members of the community of all ages. Many civic organizations provide wreaths for the ceremonies. Cub Scouts will place small flags on symbolic grave markers near the stage and the SCV Concert Band will provide music throughout the ceremonies.

Near the end of the first portion of the Day's ceremony, there will be having a special tribute to the Veterans of the Pacific Theater of WWII. This will be very different from anything ever done before. American Legion Post 507 will render the final honors to the American Flag, and the All Veterans Burial Squad from San Fernando will render the Rifle Salute, followed by the playing of Taps.

In the second portion of the Day's ceremonies, all in attendance will be invited to proceed to up the hill to the Veterans Memorial Wall for the public reading of the more than 850 names inscribed there.

Aaron Shaw, a renowned Scottish bag piper in full Highland Military Dress Uniform, will invite the audience to the Memorial Wall for the reading with a medley of military tunes and will render final honors with "Amazing Grace" after all the names have been read.

Refreshments will be provided at the end of the program by Eternal Valley Memorial Park which is celebrating its own 52nd anniversary.

Please join the SCV Veterans Memorial Committee and Eternal Valley Memorial Park in remembering all our nation's veterans, and particularly the veterans of the Pacific Theater of WWII.

Parking is available in the Park and along Sierra Highway approaching the Park entrance. Some seating is provided, but attendees may bring folding chairs or blankets.

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