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God & Country Breakfast Honors Those Who Served

The third annual God and Country Celebration Breakfast drew about 1,200 people to the former Heilig-Meyers building in Hesperia in the early morning on November 7.

The event was organized by Wally Linn, as a way to honor God and also to honor the men and women who have sacrificed to make the nation free.

Major Jeff Struecker was the keynote speaker, sharing his life and death story while fighting for the lives of his men in Somalia some 20 years ago, at age 24. He credits his religious faith in getting him through the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, where needed the courage to go back into a combat zone to rescue the pilot of a downed helicopter.

The breakfast had many veterans, as well as business and community representatives. About 700 high school students attended to learn about patriotism. The Azusa Pacific University Choir and Orchestra performed.

Congressman Paul Cook spoke at the event, and acknowledged the youthful faces in the crowd.

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said it was a great opportunity for people to come together.

The event was sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Victorville Foundation,

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Route 66 Museum Birthday and Old Town Festival Unite

The California Route 66 Museum celebreated it’s 18th Birthday with the annual classic car show,  joined by the city of Victorville’s Old Town Festival to bring out a big crowd. The beautiful day added to the enjoyment as people looked at the pre-1975 cars, trucks, motorcyles and other vehicles.

The event featured live music and other performances, and the museum was open for people to browse among the historical displays.

Old Town Victorville walking tours went from Mormon Springs Rock (8th & C), snaked along 8th, 7th, 6th, C, B & A, Forrest & Yucca, then down to D street. Historical Points along the route included the Fire Museum, Green Spot Motel, Santa Fe Trading Post (formerly a Route 66 filling station), McDougal Cottage, the Old Victor School, St. Joan of Arc Church, Chantry House (oldest house in VV), the first church, El Rancho Theatre, Barrel House, and sites of the roller rink and Crystal Plunge swimming pool.

At the Museum, groups studied panoramic photos of old Victorville, noting that D Street and 7th Street were the happening places to be.

The Victorville Fire Department Museum has vintage fire trucks and equipment and artifacts on display.

Visit the Route 66 museum at www.califrt66museum.org, or call (760) 951-0436. Find the Victorville FDM on Facebook, or at www.ci.victorville.ca.us, and search “museum,” or call (760) 955-5229.

Apple Valley Celebrates 25 Years with History Expo and Open House

The reception included visits from past mayors, councilmembers and town managers, who posed for photos to the delight of attendees. A long list of proclamations came from local cities, county and state reps.

Town department staff was on hand to answer questions and display projects and services offered.

There were photos, memorabilia, literature and some colorful characters giving some living history on local pioneers. There was informatoin on modern day (1940s) founders Newt Bass and Bud Westlund and the most famous residents, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, as well as many other important people in history.