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KINGSBURG – The tradition of honoring local veterans continued with Kingsburg’s 2018 Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 10. With emotions running high, organizers said it there were innumerable sacrifices to remember but it was still a “wonderful day.”

“We’re celebrating our fallen brothers and sisters we’ve lost. We’re celebrating our families and our country,” Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6152 member Stan Ruiz said.

Ruiz coordinated the celebration with Kingsburg’s Chamber of Commerce and the event included a complimentary Swedish pancake breakfast for the local veterans and their spouses prepared by Lions Club members.

That day’s event included a presentation of colors, singing of the National Anthem by Julie Valdez, invocation by Chaplain John Seathre, a welcome by Mayor Michelle Roman, a 21-gun salute and VFW Commander Steve Nagle spoke on the memorials presented at the event. To start and end the ceremony, Roger Lopez and Cheryl Faulkner played “Reveille” and “Taps.”

Mayor Roman said while veterans are ceremoniously thanked on this day, she hopes residents are mindful to show appreciation all year long as military service has affected multiple generations of local families. And this will continue into the future.

“As I was looking out at the young people here, they’ll be the next generation of veterans. Hopefully, they see it’s honor to serve their country,” she said of that morning’s ceremony. “I think it’s very important we’re able to honor all our veterans on a daily basis. There are letters on the tables that kids wrote to the veterans. That respect starts when they’re young so they can understand and thank them for their service.”

Ruiz said those letters, handshakes and thanks are warmly appreciated by veterans.

“It lifts my spirit to see how important this is to all these great people,” he said of the volunteers helping put on the event. “It shows what a tight-knit community we have that all these different people pitch in. When it comes to something like this, it doesn’t matter what part of town you live in or what church you go to, we’re all together. It’s just a wonderful day.”

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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