Continuing a tradition bringing together the community to honor her Military Veterans, members of the Tri-Community Area will gather Friday, November 11th, for the 13th annual Veterans Day Ceremony, held special as locals practice the historical Armistice Day observance that Veterans Day stems from. Veteran Memorial volunteer Ron Jaqua will strike Eleven bells on the Armistice Day Bell to signal the beginning of the formal ceremony, precisely at 11 a.m., the time of signing of the “armistice” ending the “War to end all wars, World War I.”
Wrightwood Veterans Memorial President Allan Miller will have welcomed the Wrightwood School Chorus, led by Principal John Garner, before the start of the formal ceremony as they sing many patriotic songs before the bell’s striking. Miller will then conduct the hour-long ceremony that includes Claudia Campbell singing the National Anthem, inspirational words by Pastor Dave Conrad, the reading of the latest 27 Memorial Brick entries in the Veterans Memorial Brick Courtyard by Captain Tom Pinard and Lora Steinmann, a presentation by Joyce Gwinner and local Quilters of a Quilt of Valor to a local Veteran, the changing out of the National Ensign by local Boy Scouts, the traditional Wreath Laying with Girl Scouts assisting, and music by the Serrano High School Band.
Harlan Lassiter will provide the POW/MIA tribute table, and Wendi Schwab and her crew will have coordinated and arranged the latest Memorial Bricks in the Memorial Grounds prior to the event.
“We hope that all Villagers will join us at our Veterans Memorial in the Village Center,” continued Miller, “these ceremonies remind us all of the sacrifices that our young men and women make who serve their nation in the military, during peace, and in war.”