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Temecula Honors Its Veterans During First-Ever Ceremony

The city of Temecula held its first Veterans Day Ceremony Sunday at the Temecula Civic Center.

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.

To read more about the Miltary Banner Program, click here.

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. 

TVOR November 12, 2012 at 05:34 PM
This ceremony is a nice way to observe veterans day but if the city were really intent on supporting our veterans, they would help the VFW with establishing a permanent facility of sufficient size to support their community service activities. This city council has contributed about $5k per year to help the VFW purchase food boxes which are distributed to needy veterans in our community, but this is a drop in the bucket compared to what is needed to help our VFW secure a facility suitable to support the activities they could do with a proper home. For a city which touts a $2.7M surplus it is shameful that our Veterans service organization has to make do with a 700 square foot facilty with no proper kitchen. If you would like to see your local veterans service organization get sorely needed support from the city, please let your voice be heard by the city council.
Fauntleroy Murphy November 12, 2012 at 11:34 PM
TVOR, I'm not opposed to getting increased support for the City of Temeucla but, I have a few questions: 1) Do all VFWs get the majority of funding from the City in which they reside? 2) Does this VFW only serve Temecula or Murrieta as well? 3) Should our community be made more aware of the need?
JohnJ November 13, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Good!
TVOR November 13, 2012 at 05:54 PM
1) To the best of my knowledge VFW posts are on their own for the most part to get support from wherever they can. 2) This VFW serves the Temecula/Murrieta area 3) The commmunity certainly needs to be made aware of the need.

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