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Anaheim Honors Veterans At Community Celebration On Saturday, Nov. 9
All are welcome to join in saluting our nation’s veterans
ANAHEIM, CA - (November 6, 2013) - The City of Anaheim will honor our nation’s brave military veterans on Saturday, Nov. 9 at a Veterans Day celebration in Downtown Anaheim. All are welcome to attend and show appreciation for all who have served in the military. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the Downtown Community Center Lawn (250 E. Center St.). Free public parking is available at Anaheim City Hall (200 S. Anaheim Blvd.).

“All the freedoms we enjoy are due to the brave men and women who served our great country, and I encourage all Anaheim residents to come out on Saturday to thank our veterans,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “Our nation’s veterans are true heroes, and they deserve our respect. We appreciate our veterans, as well as those who are currently serving our nation, for the freedoms we enjoy each day.”

“Honoring our veterans is one of the greatest ways we can say thank you to those who sacrificed so much for all of us,” said Council Woman Lucille Kring, who is chairing this event. “This is a day when we can all come together for one purpose: to express our appreciation to our valiant veterans. We would not be enjoying life as we do if it were not for them. This ceremony takes place once a year, but our hearts are with our veterans every day.”

Marine veteran and KOCE-TV/PBS SoCal broadcaster Ed Arnold will serve as the ceremony emcee. This year’s keynote speaker will be Lt. Colonel John O’Neal, Commander of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit based at Camp Pendleton. The ceremony will also include the presentation of colors by the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, comments from Marine veteran Miguel Vazquez, a cake-cutting ceremony in recognition of the Marine Corps 238th birthday, and performances by the Katella High School Marching Band and the Esperanza High School Jazz Ensemble and Choir.

The City of Anaheim is proud of its commitment to supporting its veterans as well as active military members. Anaheim’s Veterans Resource Center is available online at www.anaheim.net/veterans and offers information on City resources, the Military Banner program, the Veterans Memorial Burial Flag Flying Program, the City-adopted 13th MEU, and more.

For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net.

Media Contact: Ruth Ruiz 714.765.5060
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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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