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Honoring our vets

Posted: Friday, Nov 18th, 2016

Hundreds gathered at the Paso Robles District Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 11, for the city’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony. (Photos by Ryan Cronk)

Hundreds gather to show support at Veterans Day ceremony

PASO ROBLES — Hundreds of spectators gathered last Friday at the Paso Robles District Cemetery to honor past and present veterans during the city's annual Veterans Day Ceremony, hosted by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10965.

"Throughout this nation's history, America's soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guardsmen have bravely answered the call to defend our freedom, to aid our friends and allies and to turn back aggressors," said Salvador Cota, VFW Post 10965 commander. "We can never fully repay our debt or gratitude to the more than 650,000 American service members who died in battle or the 1.4 million who were wounded. We can, however, recognize and thank the 25 million veterans still living this day."

Cota, who served as master of ceremonies, led the Nov. 11 event that also featured the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America performing the "Pledge of Allegiance," patriotic songs by Marjorie Hamon, a flyover from the Estrella War Birds, a Taps bugle call and the Honor Guard made up of members of the VFW, American Legion Post 50 and Sons of American Legion.

This year's events also included a speech by County Supervisor Frank Mecham, a U.S. Navy veteran; opening and closing prayers from Chaplain Major Vaughn Brenner; and guest speaker Charmaine Betty-Singleton, lieutenant colonel and staff judge advocate for Fort Hunter Liggett.

"Veterans Day is a day where we as a country unite as one and join together to celebrate and honor America's veterans for their devotion, patriotism, selfless service and sacrifice on behalf of us all," Betty-Singleton said. "We join together in the name of peace and freedom to render a proper salute, a proper tribute to all veterans."

She added, "Our veterans are our heroes who have given of themselves, and we owe them our lives, our freedom and our gratitude. Today, we say thank you."

Flags were placed at all identified veteran graves by members of the VFW and American Legion. Paso Robles District Cemetery Board of Directors also provided snacks for attendees and Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home offered a hot dog lunch.

"Today, it is our privilege to say thank you to all of America's veterans to let them know that we appreciate them for their service and honor them for their sacrifices," Cota said.

For the complete article see the 11-18-2016 issue.

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