Published : Monday, November 11, 2019 | 5:27 AM
Pasadena pauses today to honor its veterans with a special ceremony at City Hall which takes place both on the ground and in the air.
The 10:30 a.m. event in Centennial Square at 100 N. Garfield Ave. is open to the public and will conclude with a special fly-over by the “Condor Squadron” of World War II T-6 planes in formation at 11:11 a.m sharp.
“There is a connection and a respect for the armed forces that I think is very, very palpable in Pasadena. It’s important that we pause on Veterans Day to remember the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in the past and who are currently serving in the armed forces,” said former Pasadena Mayor Bill Paparian.
Today’s event will start with a welcome by Mayor Terry Tornek, himself a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Immediately following there will be a Call To Colors with the Blair High School ROTC Color Guard, the singing of the National Anthem by Monet Bagneris and the anthems will be played for Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force while veterans stand for their respective branch.
The guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Rudy G. Salcido who is a native of Tucson, Arizona and served as an enlisted Marine in 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment from 1993 to 1996.
Past Veterans Day ceremonies in Pasadena have seen City Councilmembers, Pasadena City College veteran students, members of the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments and Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Division, USMC, based in Pasadena at the event.
Members of the Pasadena Navy League, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 446 in Pasadena, the Tuskegee Airmen, and the American Legion Pasadena Post 13 will also be joining the ceremonies in honor of all veterans here and across the nation.
“The City of Pasadena is extremely supportive of veterans. Hopefully, everyone who comes out and is not a veteran will leave with a newfound appreciation for us,” Army veteran and President of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 446 Alan Stelzer once told Pasadena Now.
There are approximately 40,000 veterans in the San Gabriel Valley alone, according to Veterans of Foreign Wars representative Dave Loera.
Thirty-one soldiers from Pasadena are documented as killed and/or missing in action during the Vietnam War.
PCC’s Veterans Student Association is local resource for young veterans in Pasadena that provides resources, courses, a facility and helping hands for individuals struggling with the reality of assimilating back to civilian life.
There are about 700 veterans on campus each semester at PCC with 150 being women veterans. The club currently has almost 200 members that participate regularly in meetings and functions.
This year, similar to previous Veterans Day ceremonies, Blair’s JROTC cadets are expected to carry the colors. A unit of Blair JROTC cadets traditionally stand in formation dressed in the military uniforms of various wars American soldiers have fought in, from the American Revolution to the Iran and Afghanistan wars.
Free refreshments will be provided at the event’s conclusion served up by the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 809. Military vehicles courtesy of the 2nd Battalion will be on display.