Commander of U.S.S. Pasadena Asks City Hall Gathering to Never Forget Those Who Have Served

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6:25 am | November 12, 2018


“I ask you,” Commander Corey Poorman of the U.S.S. Pasadena said to over two hundred patriots gathered in Centennial Square before Pasadena City Hall Sunday morning, “to pray for the tens of thousands of America’s finest men and women deployed around the world today, protecting and defending Americans’ freedom. They will be there when you are sleeping at home tonight, they will be there every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.”

The ceremony marked Veterans Day in Pasadena and saw veterans and their families, civic leaders, Marines attached to Second Battalion 23rd Marines stationed in Pasadena, Blair ROTC members, and local residents come to attention to pay homage to Pasadena’s 5,000 veterans.

At 11:11 a.m. the Condor Squadron of World War II-era AT-6 “Texan” airplanes flew in formation over Pasadena City Hall.

Mayor Terry Tornek, himself a combat veteran, began there ceremony by saying that “Pasadena places a high value on public service and celebrates all who serve.”

“So today on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, it is entirely fitting that we celebrate the service of our veterans here in front of our iconic City Hall,” Tornek said.

Former Pasadena Mayor William E. Thomson, chair of the Veterans Day steering committee and a U.S. Army veteran, served as Master of Ceremonies. He introduced Congresswoman Judy Chu and State Senator Anthony Portantino, both of whom spoke.

The National Anthem was sung by Monet Bagneris, a singer, songwriter and musician whose grandfather, Marion Meredith Beal, was the first African American to serve at the U.S. Marine Corps national headquarters in Washington, D.C., during the second world war and an original member of the Montford Point Marine Association, an organization of African American U.S. Marines.

Commander Poorman, in closing his remarks, told the gathered that as they looked upon the America flag they should be “be proud of what it represents — our freedom — and never forget those who have served under her colors, defending and preserving freedom.”