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Veterans To Be Honored In Anaheim On Saturday, Nov. 10
Community is invited to gather at the Anaheim Veterans Monument to honor our military heroes
ANAHEIM, CA - (October 30, 2012) - The City of Anaheim will honor our nation’s brave military members on Saturday, Nov. 10 at a Veterans Day celebration in Downtown Anaheim. All are welcome to join Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and the Anaheim City Council, together with Orange County Fourth District Supervisor Shawn Nelson, at the City’s Veterans monument in support and appreciation for all who have served in the military. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

“Our nation’s veterans deserve our respect, and I invite the community to join us as we honor those who have selflessly served this great country,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “We appreciate our veterans, as well as those who are currently serving our nation, for the freedoms we enjoy each day. They are true heroes.”

This year’s event guest speaker will be Major General (Retired) John S. Harrel. Major General Harrel's active military service began in June of 1975 after receiving his commission as a second lieutenant through the United States Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course. He progressed through a variety of assignments, and completed his service in the USMC as a company commander at Marine Barracks, NAS Alameda. Major General Harrel transferred to the California Army National Guard in 1980, entering service as S-2, 1st Brigade, 40th Infantry Division, and held positions of progressing responsibility with commands. Major General Harrel's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters) and the Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters); the Kosovo Campaign Medal, and the Ukraine Order of Merit.

The Veterans Day ceremony will include the presentation of colors by the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Pendleton. 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.

PBS So Cal broadcaster and Marine veteran Ed Arnold will serve as the ceremony emcee. The event will include patriotic music by Anaheim resident and vocalist Lisa Zaradich, music provided by St. Catherine’s Academy in Anaheim, and the laying of a memorial wreath at the base of the Veterans Monument.

Following the ceremony, the community is invited to enjoy a Hotdogs for Heroes lunch, compliments of the Anaheim Municipal Employees Association and the Orange County Employees Association, and to meet and thank our veterans. Several military resource booths will also be present on hand to provide resources and information to both veterans and the community.

The Veterans Monument is adjacent to the MUZEO (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.

In addition to the event, veterans and active military members visiting Downtown Anaheim will receive special discounts and treats at the Center Street Promenade shops and restaurants. The MUZEO is offering free admission to veterans during the Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 10-12) to visit the current exhibit titled, “Spanish Masters: Goya Picasso Dali.”

Free public parking is available on Center Street Promenade and at Anaheim City Hall (200 S. Anaheim Blvd.).

The City of Anaheim is committed to supporting its veterans as well as its active military members. In July, the City Council approved the formation of the Anaheim Veterans Working Group to demonstrate the City’s appreciation and support of its veterans. The Group includes 22 members, from veteran-based non-profit organizations, active community members, other government jurisdictions and City staff.

For more information on the Veterans Day Celebration and the City’s Veterans Working Group and Resource Center, please click here. For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net.


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