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Veterans To Be Honored In Anaheim On Thursday, Nov. 10
Event will also celebrate the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps
ANAHEIM, CA - (November 8, 2011) - Veterans from all branches of the military will be honored in Anaheim on Thursday, Nov. 10 at a special Veterans Day celebration hosted by the City of Anaheim. The ceremony, to be held at the City’s Veterans Monument in downtown Anaheim, will begin at 3 p.m. and the public is invited to attend and pay tribute to the brave men and women who willingly served our country.

“Celebrating freedom is one of our greatest privileges, and we are looking forward to honoring the men and women of our armed forces who willingly sacrificed their lives for democracy and liberty,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “America’s veterans are true heroes, and it is our hope and intention to let them know how much they are appreciated and remembered, not just on Veterans Day, but every day.”

The Veterans Day event will also include two additional elements adding to the significance of our national holiday.

Colonel Christopher D. Taylor, commander of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), will be welcomed to Anaheim by Mayor Tait, the Anaheim City Council and the City’s 13th MEU Adoption Committee. The City of Anaheim adopted the 13th MEU on Oct. 9, 2007 to encourage interaction between the community and military personnel. The Marine Adoption Committee serves as a support system for the 13th MEU and their families at home while the Marines are deployed. The 13th MEU provides community support by participating in local school programs and City special events.

Nov. 10 is also the236th birthday of the Marine Corps, and the occasion will be commemorated by a traditional Marine Corps cake ceremony. Mayor Tait, Col. Taylor and Marines will honor the oldest and youngest Marines at the event. Protocol calls for the cake to be cut with a Marine sword. The Marine Corps was founded in 1775 when a committee of the Continental Congress approved a resolution that year, officially forming the Continental Marines.

The Anaheim Veterans Monument is located adjacent to the Muzeo in downtown Anaheim (241 S. Anaheim Blvd.). Anaheim’s 9-foot high Veterans Monument was dedicated on Dec. 4, 1999, and designed by Orange County artist Richard Turner. The monument, made from bronze-relief and concrete, depicts all branches of the military from wars of the 20th century. Turner’s research in the Anaheim Library led him to include images depicting actual Anaheim residents. The monument is flanked by two fountains, representative of water washing away years of conflict.

Free parking for the Veterans Day event will be available at Anaheim City Hall (200 S. Anaheim Blvd.), with special needs parking available at the northeast corner of Broadway and Lemon St. (between Broadway and Center Street Promenade). PBS So Cal broadcaster and Marine veteran Ed Arnold will serve as the event emcee. Vocalist Kristen Romero will provide patriotic music.

<>The Veterans Day event is made possible due to the generosity of many local sponsors: Anaheim Fire Department, Anaheim Police Department, Anaheim Public Utilities, Carl’s Jr., Time Warner Cable, Anaheim Disposal, AT&T, Anaheim D.E.V.O.T.E., Anaheim Beautiful, Anaheim Police Association, Southern California Gas Company, Anaheim Fire Association, Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim, Anaheim Rotary Club, Anaheim Lions Club, Anaheim Union High School District, Anaheim High School, Anaheim High School Alumni Association, Anaheim Resort Transit, ARAMARK, Blake’s Place, Care Ambulance, FREEMAN, GBS Linens, Inc., Hilgenfeld Mortuary, Hilton Anaheim, JN Meat Company, Marina Landscape, and Walmart.

For more information please visit www.anaheim.net.

Media Contact: Ruth Ruiz 714.765.5060more city news


ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is one of California's most populous and most visited cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 351,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.7 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as: Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc.; L-3 Communications; Pacific Sunwear; and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including: Angels Baseball; Anaheim Ducks; the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with: The Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast; Honda Center; City National Grove of Anaheim; Anaheim GardenWalk; Angel Stadium of Anaheim; and ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center). In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes more than 20 million visitors to the City, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.


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