Easy ways to celebrate Veterans Day here Sunday and MondayBy: Carol Feineman, Editor
Sunday is Veterans Day and area residents of all ages have several ways this week to publicly thank veterans for their service.
There are 29,796 veterans in Placer County, according to Suzi Vinci, Placer County Veterans Service officer.
Statewide, the total number of veterans is 1,755,000, Vinci said. That breaks down to 1,592,000 male veterans and 163,000 female veterans. They served in the Korean conflict from 1950 to 1955 (143,000), Vietnam era from 1961 to 1975 (584,000), Pre 9/11 Gulf War from 1990 to 2001 (281,000) and Post 9/11 Gulf War/OEF/OIF/OND from 2001 to today (363,000).
Why should we honor veterans Sunday?
“Because they raised their right hand to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Vinci said.
Veterans Day is celebrated both on Sunday and Monday, when many schools and agencies close for the day.
“There are so many different reasons to honor our veterans. A lot of times, people want to thank the military and our veterans but they don’t know how to connect with us,” said Raquel Mangone, Roseville Veterans of Foreign Wars 1487 post commander.
The Roseville Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11:11 a.m. Monday. The time and date (11:11 a.m. Nov. 11) mark the anniversary of World War I’s end 100 years ago.
“Monday is an opportunity for the community to come and meet their neighbors and coworkers who are veterans, who are in the military. We coach your kids in sports leagues, we volunteer in the schools, we are there for veterans during times of crisis,” Mangone said. “What we want to do is break up the stereotypes of what people think the military and veterans are. We’re moms, we’re dads, we’re grandparents.”
Following are some free public Veterans Day celebrations for all ages, making it easy to honor neighbors who have also served in the military.
Auburn Veterans Day Parade, Community Ceremony and Luncheon on Sunday
Sunday’s Auburn Veterans Day Parade, Community Ceremony and Luncheon is open to all Placer County residents. Many Loomis, Rocklin, Roseville and Lincoln veterans participate each year. This year’s theme is “One Hundred Years of Remembrance.”
The event starts with a 10:50 a.m. parade at the corner of Lincoln Way and Cleveland Street proceeding on Lincoln Way. Parade participants stop at Central Square at 11 a.m. for a brief ceremony including a doves’ release, fly-over, three-volley rifle volley salute and taps.
For veterans who want to be in the parade but cannot walk the route, rides will be provided by calling parade director Roberta McGuinn at 916-743-4343.
A complimentary lunch (hot dogs, chips, cookies and soft drinks) will be served at the parade route’s end at the Armory Hall for all parade participants and spectators.For more information on the annual event, see auburnveteransparade.org.
Following the lunch are music and exhibitions.
The Winds of Faith patriotic concert on Sunday
The Winds of Faith, a community concert band, will perform a two-hour Veteran's Day Concert starting at 6 p.m. Sunday at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church in Loomis. Several band members belong to the church.
The concert’s repertoire includes “Armed Forces - The Pride of America!,” John Phillip Sousa's “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “In Praise of Freedom,” George Gershwin’s “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “The Prayer.” Admission is free and a freewill offering will be taken. The church is at 5400 Barton Road in Loomis.
Roseville Veterans of Foreign Wars 1487 ceremony is Monday
Veterans of Foreign Wars 1487 in Roseville will hold its annual formal ceremony at 11:11 a.m. Monday for all ages.
The one-hour ceremony will be followed by a complimentary light lunch at the Roseville Veterans Memorial Hall at 110 Park Drive.
The Roseville Veterans of Foreign Wars organization has 270 members. Post Commander Mangone invites the public to attend this year’s ceremony, with a theme of “How do we continue to serve after the military.”
Monday’s ceremony includes veteran guest speakers working in nonprofit organizations and county offices to enrich the lives of military members, veterans and their families, according to Mangone.
“We believe in partnering with organizations that we have shared common goals with so we can maximize our efforts in improving the quality of live for our service members, veterans and their families,” Mangone said.
William Jessup University also hosts ceremony Monday in Rocklin
The William Jessup University Public Policy Department, in cooperation with the university’s Veterans Club, host its 10th annual Veterans Day Celebration on Monday.
The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. at the flagpole, located in front of the Rocklin university.
“The Public Policy Department is honored to recognize the veterans of this community,” said Keith Bolte, William Jessup's Public Policy Department’s event organizer and lead faculty member. “Veterans Day is an opportunity to recognize their remarkable service on our behalf and reflect on the freedoms they helped protect for us.”
The Veteran’s Day ceremony features opening remarks from university President John Jackson, followed by musical performances.
Jessup’s student-led veterans organization will introduce the Pledge of Allegiance as well as keynote speaker Lt. Colonel Christopher W. Steuer, unit assistant director of operations and RQ-4 evaluator pilot at Beale Air Force Base.
Steuer also served in many assignments in the Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve.
Last summer, the university welcomed 47 veterans to campus and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which offers veterans serving on active duty for at least 36 aggregate months since 9/11 free tuition.
The university also offers a Veterans Endowment to help cover any additional educational costs veterans might incur.
The ceremony is open to the public and refreshments will be served prior to the start of the ceremony. William Jessup University is at 2121 University Ave. in Rocklin. For more information, see jessup.edu or call 916-577-2200.