Anaheim will recognize and honor those who have served our nation’s armed forces at the city’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Veterans, residents, families and all are welcome to join city leaders as we show appreciation for all who have served our country.
What: Anaheim Veterans Day Ceremony
When: Saturday, Nov. 11
Time: 11 a.m.
Where: Veterans Monument, downtown Anaheim
Address: 241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Free parking: Center Street Promenade or City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd.
“Veterans have shaped Anaheim just as they’ve shaped our nation,” said Lucille Kring, Anaheim council member and chair of the Veterans Day Ceremony. “Their service, sense of community and commitment to the best of American ideals is an inspiration to all of us. I hope the entire community will join me and my Council colleagues as we say thank you to our heroes.”
This year’s guest speaker will be Col. Chandler S. Nelms, commanding officer of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the adopted Marine Corps unit of the city of Anaheim.
A trained pilot, Nelms served in Pakistan and Iraq and is a decorated Marine who has dedicated his life to the service of our nation.
The ceremony also includes a presentation of colors by the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, a commemoration of the Marine Corps 242nd anniversary and a musical performance by the Esperanza High School Concert Choir.
Marine veteran and award-winning broadcaster Ed Arnold will serve as the ceremony emcee.
The Veterans Monument is adjacent to the MUZEO at 241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim’s 9-foot high Veterans Monument was dedicated in 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 at 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.
Anaheim’s Veterans Online Resource Center is available online at Anaheim.net/veterans and offers information on city resources, Anaheim’s designation as a Purple Heart City, the Military Banner program, the Veterans Memorial Burial Flag Flying Program, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and more.
For more on the city of Anaheim, visit Anaheim.net.
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