Say Thanks to Our Veterans Nov. 11

  • Left, Simba Roberts speaks at the Memorial Day Ceremony 2007.

    Left, Simba Roberts speaks at the Memorial Day Ceremony 2007.

Veterans Honored on Tuesday at Prosser Memorial in Frazier Mountain Park

By Simba Wiley Roberts

At Frazier Mountain Park Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., the Mountain Communities will come together once again to thank the veterans that have served.

In 1918, November 11, at the eleventh hour, an armistice ended World War I. That event has given rise to a holiday to honor all who have served in America’s Armed Forces with pride and courage.

This year, we will honor all our local veterans at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

The ceremony will honor our veterans’ continued work for others in our community and their continued loyalty to a system that hasn’t always treated them fairly. Your participation shows our local veterans that we care for their concerns.

A group of Mountain artists will entertain the gathered and speakers from our largest local corporations have good news to share with us.

Our theme this year is Salute To Our Local Vets. A special program is planned to include Tejon Ranch, National Cement, Ace Hardware, YesterYear, the Frazier Mountain High School Drumline, Faith-in-Action and the Mountain Institute of Kung Fu and Tai Chi, to name a few, and we may even have a fly-over.

There will be a wreath-laying ceremony for the living veterans and for the veterans who have passed on. If you would like to present a wreath at the apex of the Cody Prosser Veterans’ Memorial, to honor all of our vets, please call me at 242-1540.

The Frazier Park VFW Post 9791 is splitting its forces between maintaining its historical presence in the Veterans Day Parade in Bakersfield and serving as Honor Guard (and anything else that’s needed) here at the local event. Every year it gets more difficult as the ranks are thinning out because of Father Time.

This is an open appeal to all veterans who are not yet members of the local VFW: Sign up and let’s keep a great tradition of brotherhood and community service going strong. I signed up too.

Simba Roberts is a Vietnam War combat veteran.

This is part of the November 07, 2008 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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