Members of all military branches were honored during Temecula’s first Veterans Day Ceremony held at the Temecula Civic Center Sunday.
The Temecula Valley Young Marines presented the colors, "Taps" was performed by Great Oak High School trumpeter Garrett Sanders, and Temecula’s own council member Maryann Edwards sang the “Star Spangled Banner."
“Historically, Temecula has not held a Veterans Day ceremony. Today was our first,” said Aaron Adams, executive director of community services. The ceremony also served as the official unveiling of the city’s Military Banner Program.
According to the city’s web site, the banner program was created for the community of Temecula to honor and recognize active duty military personnel that reside in or have immediate family living in the City of Temecula.
Naval Commander Eric Frazen was one of the first to be honored with a banner. His family brought him to the ceremony as somewhat of a surprise.
“I am so honored to be a part of the banner program; it feels nice to be appreciated by those we serve,” Frazen said. Stationed at the El Centro Naval Air Facility, he hopes to retire in the city he calls home: Temecula.
Many in attendance were present Sunday to honor Frazen and all who serve.
“I am proud of our military," said resident Susan Mercer, who explained that she attended the event to honor those who protect her freedom.
“I love my country, my freedom and I support all those who help me keep it.”
Check out the attached photo gallery for a click-by-click replay of the ceremony.