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A crowd of 150 joined together at the Cody Prosser Veterans Memorial in Frazier Mountain Park for a heartfelt Memorial Day ceremony. Many stood to tell the tales of the soldiers they are remembering on this day of national thanks.
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Sandy Browne and the band YesterYear played tributes to local military veterans.
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Vietnam veteran Lucky Shirley with his dog, Sgt. Patrick Shirley. He said that this was the first time he had attended the Frazier Mountain Park ceremony at the memorial. The Cody Prosser Memorial is the the site of some of the most ardent tributes in Kern County to those who serve. [Gary Meyer Photos for The Mountain Enterprise]
Frazier Mountain’s VFW Chapter #9791 put together a powerful Memorial Day ceremony at the Cody Prosser Veterans Memorial in Frazier Mountain Park on Monday, May 28. Over a dozen people from the crowd of about 150 told of their cousins, brothers, fathers, mothers and other loved ones who have sacrificed their lives or are currently serving in the military. Master of Ceremonies Lester Arterburn called Simba Roberts to say hello to the crowd.
Vietnam Veteran Lucky Shirley and his dog Sgt. Patrick Shirley attended the Frazier Park event for the first time. He served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968 during the Tet offensive, according to his sister, Patricia Shirley. Their father survived the Bataan Death March, forced upon Amercian prisoners of war by the Japanese during World War II, she said.
The band YesterYear and singer Sandy Browne provided musical tributes to veterans who were in attendance.
This is part of the June 01, 2012 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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