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Lodi lays out the red carpet on Veterans Day

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Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 7:54 pm | Updated: 10:36 am, Mon Nov 12, 2012.

Lodi sure loves its veterans, with some 200 people packing the American Legion Hall for a special program on Sunday.

“This is not Memorial Day; this is Veterans Day,” keynote speaker Ken Vogel said during observance.

Vogel noted that Sunday was a day to honor surviving as well as veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice. San Joaquin County has more than 37,000 veterans, said Vogel, a county supervisor.

Vietnam veterans are now carrying the torch for organizations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, but a group is needed to carry on for veterans of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan, Vogel said.

Other activities at the observance included:

  • Remarks by Lodi City Councilman and former Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi, who is a veteran.
  • Invocation and benediction by Lodi Rabbi Dr. Raphael Pazo, also a veteran.
  • Posting of the colors led by Julian Lopez, the post’s sergeant at arms.
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by Tammy Hulme, from Lodi Girl Scout Service Unit 113.
  • National anthem and “I’m Glad to be an American” by Audie Silber’s third-grade class and Dottie Phelps’ fourth-grade class, from Lodi Seventh-day Adventist School.
  • Medley of songs representing each military branch by the Lodi Community Band.
  • Special tribute to Korean War-era veterans by post Adjutant Martin Jones.
  • Tribute to prisoners of war and those missing in action by Legion Post Cmdr. Daniel Meunier. A small table with white tablecloth, single rose to commemorate what the POW may have shed, a lighted candle and a special slice of lemon and some salt on the plate. “Let us remember and never forget their sacrifice,” Meunier said.
  • Taps by Post Cmdr. Robert Gross.

Bill Selling was master of ceremonies.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 11:05 am on Mon, Nov 12, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    Thank you to everyone who helped put this event on.. It was well planned, beautiful music, and very well attended. God bless our veterans!

     

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