The City of Santa Clarita invites community members to join the Santa Clarita City Council for a special Veterans’ Day Ceremony. The event, hosted to commemorate the national day of honoring America’s veterans and military families, will be held on Thursday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the Veteran’s Historical Plaza in Old Town Newhall.
As a sign of respect for the millions who have died in war, the Santa Clarita Veteran’s Day Ceremony will begin with a two minute moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. Following the moment of silence, the City’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony will continue with the changing of the flags which will be done by the Knights of Columbus Santa Clarita Assembly and representatives from various armed services recruiting offices.
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Currently, hundreds of Santa Clarita community members serve their nation in the armed services. Residents are invited to attend the Santa Clarita Veterans’ Day Ceremony to join friends and neighbors in support of members of the armed services’ sacrifice and courage.
“On Veterans Day, the City will be honoring our veterans and members of the Armed Forces to recognize the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” said Mayor Laurene Weste.
The Ceremony will also include addresses by local speakers, such as Dick Jeffrey of the Santa Clarita Valley Veteran’s Memorial Committee, Rabbi Mark Blazer, Mayor Laurene Weste, Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean, and Council members Laurie Ender, and Bob Kellar, who is an Army Veteran.
Two new Walk of Western Stars plaques will be unveiled at the Veteran’s Historic Plaza in Old Town Newhall during the City of Santa Clarita’s Veteran’s Day ceremony. The two plaques honor not only legendary Western film actors but also true American war heroes. The two new plaque honorees are Audie Murphy and Jimmy Stewart (pictured at right, from the 1956 film “Night Passage”).
Audie Murphy was the most decorated American soldier of World War II and a celebrated movie star for over two decades in the post-war era, appearing in 44 films. In his 27 months of action in the European Theatre, he received the Medal of Honor, the United States military’s highest award for valor, along with 32 additional medals and citations, including five from France and one from Belgium.
Academy Award winner James “Jimmy” Stewart served in the Air Force in World War II enlisting as a private and rising to the rank of colonel before the war ended. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Stewart continued to play an active role in the United States Air Force Reserve after the war, achieving the rank of Brigadier General.
The Santa Clarita Veterans’ Historical Plaza is located at 24275 North Walnut Street in Old Town Newhall. For more information on the Santa Clarita Veterans’ Day Ceremony, contact the City’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 286-4018 or visit santa-clarita.com.