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November 13, 2012
More than 100 veterans and their family members ate breakfast at a Veterans Day celebration at Mariners Christian School, an official said. This year was Mariners' 10th annual celebration for those who served, and vets heard the national anthem, reciting the pledge of allegiance and saw the presentation of colors performed Friday, according to John Reger, who handles media relations for the school. Speaker "Iron Mike" Mervosh, a decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars addressed those in the audience about his experiences, Reger said.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 4, 2013
The Orange County Fairgrounds on Nov. 11 will host a Veterans Day event billed as the county's largest in recent memory. Veterans groups and various labor unions - including the Orange County Employees Assn. and California Labor Federation - are organizing the free event at the state-owned property in Costa Mesa. The festivities at the fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include live music, entertainment, information booths and free hot dogs. Parking is also free.
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By Wendy A. Saunders | December 6, 2013
Do you remember Veteran's Day, Nov. 11? Do you remember your pride when you honored our solders, past and present, for their service to our nation? Today our veterans need more than a day of remembrance; they need us proud-to-be-an-American citizens to take action by supporting Senate Bill S.6, the Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2013. According to a 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, 750,000 veterans in the United States are unemployed. This is up from 689,000 the previous year.
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By Amy Senk | November 13, 2010
Harbor View Elementary School students honored veterans Tuesday in an assembly that included songs, stories and tributes to men and women who have served and are serving the United States of America. "We want you to understand," said Stan Jones, who has a granddaughter in sixth grade at the school. "Let me tell you kids, we went because we love our country, but you are our country. We went for you guys so you don't have to go again. " Jones said he joined the service at the age of 18 — 66 years ago. The year was 1944.
NEWS
November 2, 2003
Confused about the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day? Memorial Day was first observed in 1868 and honors those who gave their lives serving in the armed forces. Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors all those who have served our country in the military whether in peacetime or in armed conflict. Veterans Day always occurs on Nov. 11 because it was originally set aside as a holiday on Nov. 11, 1919, and was called Armistice Day. A year earlier, on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month, World War I came to an end with the signing of the Armistice.
NEWS
November 14, 2009
Veterans Day couldn’t have been more poignant. Nov. 11 fell this year on Wednesday, six days after a rampage at Ft. Hood, Texas, left a trail of dead and wounded soldiers. Veterans Day came and passed as President Obama still had not made up his mind on dispatching thousands of more troops to Afghanistan. We’ll return to this point later. First, we pause to thank local veterans throughout the country who have fought in the nation’s wars or worn military fatigues during peacetime.
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By Tom Harman | November 10, 2009
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the great powers signed the treaty to end the war “that would end all wars.” We have dedicated this date, Nov. 11, in memory of those brave men and women who died in World War I and in every American war. As American troops continue to risk their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, and return home to join the ranks of America’s almost 24 million veterans, the Veterans Day...
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By Michael Miller | November 11, 2006
COSTA MESA — Col. Gary Lopez is always happy to see children gathered to celebrate Veterans Day. Given some of what else he's seen, it's hard to blame him. On Friday, the career United States Marine, who just returned from his second deployment in Iraq, was the featured speaker at St. John the Baptist Catholic School's annual ceremony. With the entire student body and a number of parents and veterans in the audience, Lopez voiced his feelings about the service and spoke momentarily about his own recent experiences.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | November 11, 2008
Sergeant-at-arms “Skipper” Tim Bercovitz stood at the back of the American Legion hall on the Balboa Peninsula with a gavel and a bell Tuesday. Forty-four names of officers from the local organization, Post 291, who died since Veterans Day last year were read from the podium at the front of the hall. After each name there was a short pause, and when nobody responded Bercovitz said in a stentorian voice “no answer,” and the piercing sound of the bell rang throughout the silent auditorium.
FEATURES
By Ana Facio Contreras | November 11, 2006
Toni Friedenberg is a trail blazer. During World War II, Friedenberg, 84, of Newport Beach joined the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES, and worked in the U.S. Navy's communications department. She was among 100,000 women who served in the WAVES, contributing to the war effort on the home front. After serving from 1943 to 1946, Friedenberg was honorably discharged as a chief yeoman. More than a decade later in Los Angeles in 1960, she was sworn in as the first female deputy district attorney.
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By Wendy A. Saunders | December 6, 2013
Do you remember Veteran's Day, Nov. 11? Do you remember your pride when you honored our solders, past and present, for their service to our nation? Today our veterans need more than a day of remembrance; they need us proud-to-be-an-American citizens to take action by supporting Senate Bill S.6, the Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2013. According to a 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, 750,000 veterans in the United States are unemployed. This is up from 689,000 the previous year.
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By Hannah Fry | November 12, 2013
It's been 68 years since Eddie Felix worked in the boiler room of the USS Cowpens during World War II, but he recalls events as if they happened yesterday. The keynote speaker Monday at Mariners Christian School's 11th annual Veterans Day commemoration shared his naval experiences with a gathering of more than 700 students, veterans and their families. Felix, now in his late 80s, left his family for Navy boot camp two days after he graduated from high school. To calm his parents, he devised a secret code to let them know where he was stationed.
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By Bradley Zint | November 12, 2013
They came in droves Monday to the Orange County Fairgrounds, many proudly wearing white stickers that read, "I'm a veteran. " The free Veterans Day event, part of a union-led effort called Veterans + Labor: Partners in Service, brought together Southern California veterans young and old, active-duty service members, veterans' support groups and families to celebrate the holiday. Officials called it the largest Veterans Day event in recent memory. An estimated 3,000 people came to hear the live music, speak to veterans, visit the information booths, learn about American military history and enjoy free hot dogs.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | November 7, 2013
Ahoy! "The war to end all wars" ended Nov. 11, 1918, when Germany signed the armistice agreement and surrendered to the Allies on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The war didn't offically end until June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France. Veterans Day was proclaimed by Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president, in November 1919 to commemorate Armistice Day. Later, this day became a national holiday to honor veterans of World War I, but in June of 1954, the Act of 1938 was amended to change the name to Veterans Day to honor all war veterans.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | November 4, 2013
The Orange County Fairgrounds on Nov. 11 will host a Veterans Day event billed as the county's largest in recent memory. Veterans groups and various labor unions - including the Orange County Employees Assn. and California Labor Federation - are organizing the free event at the state-owned property in Costa Mesa. The festivities at the fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include live music, entertainment, information booths and free hot dogs. Parking is also free.
NEWS
November 13, 2012
More than 100 veterans and their family members ate breakfast at a Veterans Day celebration at Mariners Christian School, an official said. This year was Mariners' 10th annual celebration for those who served, and vets heard the national anthem, reciting the pledge of allegiance and saw the presentation of colors performed Friday, according to John Reger, who handles media relations for the school. Speaker "Iron Mike" Mervosh, a decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars addressed those in the audience about his experiences, Reger said.
NEWS
November 5, 2012
A Costa Mesa private school raised more than $2,000 Saturday for veteran's families. Mariners Christian School, K-8, raised $2,382 at a pancake breakfast Saturday for Fisher House Foundation, a national public-private partnership that provides housing near major military and veteran medical centers for families traveling to be with a hospitalized loved one. More than 100 people ate about 1,000 pancakes. The breakfast was the school's kickoff event for its Veterans Day tribute.
NEWS
By Jeanette Chervony | November 10, 2011
Before the sun rises Friday, a group of volunteers will be preparing to serve breakfast to a special group of military veterans in Costa Mesa. This breakfast would not be possible without support from the police chief, friends who volunteer and the monetary donations received to defer the personal expense for the cost of the food. These veterans span four wars, as well as peacetime. You would never know that these men served in the military unless you too were a veteran and somehow the conversation came up. That military connection would most likely evolve into a life-long friendship.
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By Jim Silva | November 10, 2011
Military victories throughout our history have shaped the world in which we live and are the keystone of every American freedom. Largely due to our military might, the citizens of the United States have been given the opportunity to create the greatest model of democracy in world history. It is imperative that we as a country dedicate time to remember and celebrate those who have selflessly served our country. Without fail, these men and women in uniform have answered America's call, so that the rest of us could remain unscathed and free to pursue other interests.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | November 8, 2011
As the country joins together to honor the nation's military veterans on Friday, here's what local groups are doing this week. FOR THE RECORD: The Costa Mesa Police Department's veterans appreciation breakfast is not open to the public. Pendleton Marines visit Balboa The Balboa Bay Republican Women Federated are observing Veterans Day on Wednesday by recognizing Marines from Camp Pendleton. The group's guests will talk about patriotism. The meeting and lunch is $30, and parking costs $7. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, 1221 W. Coast Hwy. in Newport Beach.
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