Veterans Day Programs and Observances
Oct 30, 2016 07:44PM
● By Elena Hutslar
Contra Costa Celebrates Veterans Day
On Friday, November 8, at 11am, the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at their chambers at 651 Pine Street, Room 107, Martinez. This year we are honoring the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm and will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Imbasciani, who was a Colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1986 to 2014. He will speak to his experiences and current role as Secretary at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. The event will also include a presentation by Live4Box a collaborative project to address veteran’s suicide attempts.
The County Veterans Monument located in Pleasant Hill at the intersection of Boyd Road and Contra Costa Blvd, will be open for viewing on November 11, from 10:30am until 1:30pm. This is an informal observance without speakers. Recorded music will be played throughout the period. All are welcome. Small U.S. flags will be distributed to youth in attendance.
Attend the JFKU Veterans Day Celebration on November 11, 11am – 4pm, at Pleasant Hill Park, 147 Gregory Lane. The event is presented by the VALOR Center at John F. Kennedy University, Rotary Club of Pleasant Hill, Lions Club, and Pleasant Hill Grocery Outlet. Enjoy a day of family fun to celebrate veterans and thank them for their service. This free event is open to the public and includes music, games, BBQ, a bouncy house, bocce, football, basketball and much more! For more information or to RSVP, visit www.jfku.edu/veteransday or call 800-696-5358.
The public is invited to attend two Veterans Day ceremonies in honor and gratitude of veterans who have served our country. At 10am, the Veterans Commission will host a ceremony at the Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery on Carquinez Scenic Drive, and at 11am, an extended ceremony will take place at Ignacio Plaza, 525 Henrietta Street in Martinez. The event includes a number of speakers using a PA system, a musical tribute to veterans, and a 21-gun salute.
The City of Walnut Creek pays tribute to veterans on Friday, November 11, beginning at 11am, in the Hoffman Theatre at the Lesher Center for the Arts. The free ceremony, led by Mayor Loella Haskew, is open to the public. Musical accompaniment is provided by the Walnut Creek Concert Band under the direction of Harvey Benstein. Keynote speaker Col. Anita Fligge of the United States Air Force Reserves will share her experiences commanding the flying Aeromeds, who provide constant care to wounded warriors when they are being flown home to safety. Col. Fligge is assigned to the Pentagon and currently works in healthcare with John Muir Health in Walnut Creek. The ceremony also features the "Pets for Vets" program created by Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation. For further information, please contact City Clerk Suzie Martinez, 925-943-5819 or [email protected].