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Veterans Day: Several events scheduled locally to recognize sacrifices of armed forces

Posted: November 9, 2010 8:50 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

The little drummer boy statue at Veterans Historical Plaza has been getting a lot of visitors in recent weeks, and on Veterans Day, it is surely not going to be alone.

Several events aimed at honoring our veterans are scheduled all day Thursday.

At about 9:30 a.m., members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885 will present their colors in a special ceremony at the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall.

“I think they wanted to have a ceremony at the mall so that kids and schools could see us with our flags,” said VFW Post 6995 Quartermaster Patrick Dammeier.

The ceremony is an opportunity for mall staff to honor several local veterans with a donation to a local chapter of the VFW.

Then at 11 a.m., like last year, a Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by the city of Santa Clarita is to be held at the Veterans Historical Plaza, located at Walnut and Market Street in Old Town Newhall. 

This year’s tribute is a partnership between the city of Santa Clarita, the Santa Clarita Veterans Historical Plaza committee, the Santa Clarita Valley Chapter 91 Blue Star Mothers, Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons Chapter 82, Prayer Angels for the Military and the Knights of Columbus. 

The ceremony honors veterans and individuals serving in the military and their families.

“We want to show how much we appreciate them,” U.S. Army veteran and City Councilman Bob Kellar said Tuesday. “And to show appreciation for their families and what they go through when they have family members serving overseas.”

Joining Kellar at the tiny Newhall park devoted to honoring our military will be Dick Jeffrey of the Santa Clarita Valley Veterans Memorial Committee, Rabbi Mark Blazer, Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste, Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean and Councilwoman Laurie Ender.

Shortly after noon, once the ceremonies are complete at the plaza, two famous veterans — Audie Murphy and Jimmy Stewart — will be recognized with Walk of Western Stars plaques in their honor. 

The tribute plaques are expected to be unveiled near the plaza.

In the afternoon, words of tribute will be made at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885 on Sierra Highway, featuring Kellar among others.

“I believe our nation, and this is my own personal observation, is trying in its way to honor Vietnam veterans,” Kellar said. “I think the time has come for us to apologize for the way many treated them.

“It was terrible,” he said reflecting on the way in which returning Vietnam War veterans were treated by civilians as they arrived home.
“It was a very troubling time in our history.”

Veterans Day 2010 is expected to wrap up with a tribute at The Grove House at Belcaro, on River Trail Lane, with speakers including R.J. Kelly, former president of the Canyon Country Veterans of Foreign Wars and Santa Clarita Veterans Plaza Committee.

The Rotary Club of Santa Clarita Valley is expected to continue honoring veterans throughout the week — specifically those who have served since 9/11.

The Rotary Club is calling on all veterans who have served since 9/11 to come and celebrate the opening next week of a New Veterans Center at the College of the Canyons.

The official opening is Nov. 16 at noon, but Rotarians want all veterans to know on Veterans Day that they are well remembered.

The luncheon scheduled luncheon is a chance for the local Rotary Club to honor them while offering support, advice and assistance to all returning veterans facing the transition from military to civilian life.

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