It wasn’t just another beautiful day in paradise. It was a day of thanking and giving honor to all the men and woman who serve our country. Residents and veterans gathered for the 14th annual Veterans Day Ceremonies held on Monday at Legacy Park.
“Today, as you can tell, is quite possibly the event on the Malibu social calendar.” said Beth Neal, president of Malibu Chamber of Commerce who opened the ceremonies.
The event was hosted by Pepperdine University, The City of Malibu, Wells Fargo, and the Malibu Chamber of Commerce.
Captain Lawrence Vasquez served as the Master of Ceremonies and asked everyone to rise for the Presentation of Colors and for our National Anthem.
Pastor Greg Hughes from Malibu Presbyterian Church led the ceremony in prayer thanking God for the men and women who fought for freedom and laid down their lives for others and our country.
Malibu Mayor Joanne House said, “We must always remember that freedom isn’t free!”
Emotions were high as singer, writer, and actress Melanie Williams belted out a tear jerking performance of the National Anthem.
Boy Scouts Troop 224 stood up and made Veterans proud as they lead in the Pledge of Allegiance at the celebration.
Captain Lawrence Vasquez, Master of Ceremonies, introduced the city council members who were present on Monday. They included John Sibert, Laura Rosenthal, Skylar Peak, and Lou La Monte. He gave special acknowledgement to Kara Seward from Senator Pavley’s office, Andrea Kune from Assembly Member Richard Blooms office, and Susan Nissman, from Los Angeles County Supervisor Zen Yaroslavsky’s office.
Master Chief Oliver Thurmond told the group he wanted to be just like his Vietnam Vet and Navy Seal father who was his best friend, role model, and hero He described his dad as a celebrity amongst his friends while growing up. “The reason why I have chose to serve for the last 24 years is to protect the way of life for those that don’t have the means or ability to do so, and for that I gladly lay down my life.” said Thurmond.
Chief Judy Daniel, a woman who served in the Persian Gulf War in Iraq in 1991, remembered many of the U.S. troops who were killed in the SCUD Missile attacks. She said that chemical exposure was a big threat to her troops and some still suffer from symptoms of disorders resulting from chemical exposure. Despite the risks she says the U.S. Navy helped her accomplish great things. “There is no limit to what woman can accomplish in the service.” said Daniel.
As Webster Elementary School children lined up to sing My County Tis of Thee, other children from Our lady of Malibu, Juan Cabrillo, and Point Dume schools waited patiently for their turn to honor the Veterans. Beverly Craveiro of Our lady of Malibu worked the crowds with her students. The children shook hands...