Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Held at Hesperia Lake Park

Hesperia’s annual Veterans Day ceremony was held at Hesperia Lake Park on November 11, organized by AMVETS Post 2007. This year’s guest speaker was Master Sgt. Rober Jackson, a retired Marine. He is also the current public affairs officer at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow. Local students from Sultant High School ROTC performed the presentation of colors, after which everyone said the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Post 2007 Commander Larry Thompson. Cedar Middle School teacher Sarah Allsman three introduced students from her class who had written appreciation letters to anonymous veterans, and were willing to read out-loud at the microphone. Master Sgt. Jackson talked about his experiences in the military, saying he believed he made a good choice by joining. He also brought up the fact that this year is the 50th anniversary of America’s entry into the Vietnam War. He acknowledged how hard it can be for some to re-adjust to civilian life after serving and how “It’s up to us to show them where to go and how to get taken care of.” The Sultana ROTC performed a flag-folding ceremony, led by Cadet Lt. Col. Celeste Ramirez, Post 2007 Chaplain Page Stieringer led a benediction, and then doves were then released into the sky by Bob and Verna Chandler. The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment from the Fort Irwin Army post gave a gun salute, followed by the playing of “Taps.” Commander Lee Williams, owner of the Operation Killed In Action Memorial Project, gave information about the on-site memorial featuring four military helmets, rifles and pairs of boots.
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