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El Monte Honored Those Who Serve at Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

by Chelsea Dickerson

El Monte

On Monday, Nov. 11, El Monte hosted the City’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony to honor the men, women and their families who sacrifice to serve our nation.

“Today we honor all Veterans who risked their lives so we can continue enjoying the best our country has to offer,” said Councilman Juventino “J” Gomez, a disabled American Veteran who served in the United States Army from August 1965 to November 1967.  “I want all El Monte residents who are currently serving or have served in the past to know that this community supports them and is grateful for the sacrifices they have made to keep us safe.”

As part of the ceremony, approximately 30 Army and Navy recruits were sworn into service in front of their friends and family.  The ceremony also included remarks from the City Council, a reading of the Veterans Day poem and the presentation of colors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10218 and the American Legion Post 261.

The El Monte High School Lions Band entertained those in attendance with several patriotic numbers.

The Ceremony also served to announce the grand opening ceremony for the City’s Veterans Village, a $12 million, 40-unit comprehensive affordable housing development designed specifically for veterans – the first of its kind in the San Gabriel Valley. The event will take place on March 12, 2014.

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