Many Santa Clarita Valley residents Tuesday honored the men and women who have served the United States of America, nearly 100 years after the first Veterans Day – when it was called Armistice Day.
“Remembering those who have passed and those who have come home is only half the task that is before us today,” said retired United States Marine Corps Sgt. Tim Stratton at the city of Santa Clarita Veterans Day Ceremony held at the Veteran’s Historical Plaza in Newhall. “We must also carry their love, honor and their stand of duty forward. Our future generations – -our children — must know who they are and were.”
Several events were held around the Santa Clarita Valley to commemorate and honor all of those who have served. Some speakers at the events spoke of social issues affecting veterans.
“Every American conflict since the Civil War has not seen a cycle of veterans not receiving the physical and mental health assistance they need from the federal government,” said Joshua Rivers, a USMC veteran and founder of The Battle Buddy Foundation. “Some of the most well-known and successful companies in America were started by veterans. FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Verizon, 7/11, 24-Hour Fitness Just To name a few.
“Veterans are the answer. We must push the ball forward, we must have a call to action, we must lead and inspire. We must realise the oath we took at boot camp does not simply end at discharge.”
Hundreds attended the city of Santa Clarita Veterans Day Ceremony along with the Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary ceremony.
“On Veteran’s Day, our nation honors our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who have dedicated themselves to the defense of our country and the advancement of the freedom and liberty that makes our republic the greatest in the world,” said Supervisor Michael Antonovich. “We pray for those who have died, those with us today, and those currently serving to advance our resolve to preserve liberty and peace throughout the world. For your service, sacrifice and courage, you have earned our permanent gratitude and respect. Thank you and God bless you and your families.”