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Marsha McLean: Veterans to be honored at ceremony

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Posted: November 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 5, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Do you know why we celebrate Veterans Day every year Nov. 11?

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, many people don’t know the difference between Memorial Day — which is set aside to honor the men and women who died in war — and Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is an annual holiday that gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans.

Formerly known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was originally designated as a U.S. legal holiday to celebrate the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.

The first Armistice Day took place on Nov. 11, 1919, by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson to honor World War I veterans. After World War II and the Korean War, Congress modified the holiday to include all American veterans of war, changing its name to Veterans Day.

On Friday, the city of Santa Clarita, with several veterans’ organizations, will host an important national holiday celebration to honor our country’s veterans and military families at the Santa Clarita Veterans Day Ceremony.

The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Historical Plaza, located at the corner of Market and Walnut Streets in Old Town Newhall.

As a sign of respect for those who are missing in action or prisoners of war in the current conflicts, the Santa Clarita Veterans Day ceremony will begin with a MIA/POW reading by J. D. Kennedy. Following the reading, the City’s Veterans Day Ceremony will continue with the changing of the flags by the Knights of Columbus Santa Clarita Assembly and representatives from various armed services recruiting offices.

The City Council will happily be participating in the ceremony, which will also feature addresses by local speakers including Captain Ed Colley and Pastor John Shaver. Duane Harte, who is a Navy Veteran, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
The Veterans Day Ceremony will feature performances of the national anthem and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by the Little Ladiez, who recently appeared on the Fox show, “The X-Factor.” Local singer Gayle La Rone will perform “God Bless America.”

It is important that all generations understand the true meaning of Veterans Day and the enormous sacrifices veterans have made to secure and defend the freedoms of the United States of America. Come join the city of Santa Clarita and other local partners to honor and support members of the armed services. The Santa Clarita Veterans Historical Plaza is located at 24275 North Walnut Street in Old Town Newhall.

To all the veterans in Santa Clarita, I want to express my gratitude for your selfless service in peacetime and war, here in this nation and throughout the world. Thank you to all of the veterans who have honorably worn the uniform of this great nation.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Veterans Day Ceremony at the Historical Veterans Plaza in Old Town Newhall, please contact the city of Santa Clarita Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

Marsha McLean is the Mayor of the City of Santa Clarita and can be reached at:


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