Pasadena Honors its Veterans

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By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor | Photography by BRIAN BIERY

12:53 pm | November 11, 2019


“Veterans deserve our respect and we will never forget them,” said Lieutenant Colonel Rudy G. Salcido on the steps of Pasadena City Hall, as the City celebrated Veteran’s Day.

Salcido, a native of Tucson, Arizona served as an enlisted Marine in 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment from 1993 to 1996, serving in Company B and Weapons & H&S Companies as part of the Surveillance Target Acquisition Platoon.

The annual event featured a host of elected officials, including Mayor Terry Tornek and Councilmembers Gene Masuda, Victor Gordo, and John Kennedy, and Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton. Approximately two hundred active and military members were in attendance, including Army veteran Tornek.

Quoting Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Salcido emphasized the importance of honoring veterans every day.

“It is rather for us,” Salcido intoned, “to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

U.S. Congress member Judy Chu spoke similarly, reporting to the crowd of hundreds that the Veterans’ Administration had recently opened a new community facility in nearby Arcadia. Chu’s own father was an Army radio communications Sergeant in Okinawa in World War II, and, said Chu, “It was was a life-changing experience, and until the day he died, that was one of the things he was the most proud of.”

“It is incumbent on us to honor them and that means providing for them,” said Chu.

The event was emceed by longtime Pasadena Veterans activist Bill Thompson, along with Chaplain Jack Dalton, who delivered the opening invocation.

Members of the Blair High School ROTC provided the Color Guard service, with the band performing each of the military services’ anthems.

The Condor Air Squadron zoomed overhead at 11:11 a.m in the traditional observance of the end of World War 1. Then, as a lone bugler played “Taps,” the event came to a quiet close.