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ANAHEIM TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL CANDLE LIGHTING MEMORIAL FOR ALL FALLEN U.S. SOLDIERS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 15, 2014) Honoring our U.S. Military men and women is a priority for the City of Anaheim, and this year the City will participate in the National Candle Lighting Memorial on Saturday, May 17. The candle lighting will take place from 1-2 p.m. at the Anaheim Veterans Monument located at the corner of Anaheim Blvd. and Broadway. All are welcome to attend anytime during the hour to pay respects to all fallen military members. A brief program will take place at 1:30 p.m. The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Color Guard as well as local veterans will also participate in the program.
“Our brave military men and women have selflessly protected our country since the time of our Founding Fathers, and it is fitting and right they are forever remembered,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.
“Every time I meet an active service member I am reminded that freedom is not free,” said Councilwoman Kring. “Here at home we enjoy freedom because someone chose to sacrifice time and demonstrate devotion to his or her country by serving in the military. And some never made it home. It is those individuals that we will honor on May 17. Please join us in a time of remembrance and reflection, and by doing so we let current military know they will never be forgotten.”
The National Candle Lighting Memorial is a movement sponsored by From the Warfront to the Homefront Foundation, in remembrance of every fallen U.S. soldier from the days of the Revolution until now. Across the country, candles will be lit for one hour throughout the weekend.
Anaheim’s 9-foot high Veterans Monument was dedicated on Dec. 4, 1999, and designed by Orange County artist Richard Turner. The monument, made from bronze-relief and concrete, depicts all branches of the military from wars of the 20th century. Turner’s research in the Anaheim Library led him to include images depicting actual Anaheim residents. The monument is flanked by two fountains, representative of water washing away years of conflict.
Parking for the event is available in the parking structure behind Anaheim City Hall (200 S. Anaheim Blvd.), or on Center Street.
For more information on veterans and military programs offered by the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net/veterans.
For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.