Oxnard celebrates Veterans’ Day

By George Miller 

Oxnard’s Veteran’s Day celebration featured a “Honor Walk” parade from City Hall to Plaza Park for a memorial and celebration of our veterans. Donuts, coffee and hot dogs were served by the Oxnard Elks.

Veterans from all wars since WWII were there for honors. Various government officials attended or participated,  such as Mayor Tim Flynn*, Council Members Bert Perello, Bryan MacDonald and Mayor ProTem Carmen Ramirez, VC Supervisor John Zaragoza, State Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin* and Congresswoman Julia Brownley* and LA VA Affairs Director Robert McKendrick* (*= event speakers). Past American Legion Oxnard Post Commander Dave Forney Emcee’d. Lorraine MacDonald sang the national anthem and God Bless America. Legion Chaplain Bill Winter said the invocation.

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Oxnard vets lay wreaths and flowers at Veteran’s Memorial at Plaza Park, as bugler plays taps, 11-17-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

The event started after 10 am at City Hall with the flag raising, national anthem, description of today’s events and introduction of marching groups and sponsors, which included: American Legion Oxnard Post #48, American Legion Riders,  Amvets Post 5, Boy Scouts, Disabled American Vets Chapter 99, H.E.R.O.S., Naval Base Ventura County, Naval Base Ventura County Color Guard, Oxnard, Oxnard High School Marching Bands, Oxnard Boys and Girls Club, Oxnard City Corp, Oxnard Convention and Visitors Bureau, Oxnard Downtown Management District, Oxnard Downtowners, Oxnard Elks Lodge #1443, Oxnard Fire Dept., Oxnard Kiwanis, Oxnard Salvation Army, Pacific Produce, PAL, Produce Available, U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Station, Oxnard Kiwanis Club, Gold Coast Transit & The City of Oxnard.

The Veteran’s Administration was here in force with several officials. Director of Veterans’ affairs Los Angeles Robert McKendrick left his speech in the printer, but recovered very nicely with a more impromptu speech from the heart.

Event video by Dan Pinedo/CitizensJournal.us ….

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Just before start of Honor Walk from Oxnard City Hall to Plaza Park, Veterans Day 2015. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

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Flag raising at Oxnard City Hall, 11-11-15 Veterans Day celebration. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

 

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Oxnard Salvation Army and Cub Scouts marched in this year’s Veterans Day Parade. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

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Cub Scouts at Oxnard Veterans Day event, 11-11-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

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Members of the public followed behind at the Oxnard Veterans Day honor walk to Plaza Park. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

 

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Crowd assembles for Oxnard Veterans Day event 11-11-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

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Veterans killed honored at Oxnard Vets Day event 11-11-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

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Viet Nam era former paratrooper Ed Meurly and SeaBee Gordon Hemphill were among the many Oxnard vets to show up at Veterans Day celebration, 11-11-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

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American Legion Motorcycle Club at Oxnard Vets Day event 11-11-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

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Many vets didn’t make it home. Oxnard Vets Memorial at Plaza Park. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

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Army Reserve Officer and Oxnard Interim Utilities Director Dan Rydburg. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

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CD26 Congresswoman Julia Brownley speaks at Oxnard vets event 11-11-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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State Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin speaks at Oxnard vets event 11-11-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CD26 Congressional candidate and former Marine Rafael Dagnesses presses the flesh at Oxnard vets event 11-11-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Local politicians, American Legion and VA officials stand for invocation at Oxnard Veterans Day event. 11-11-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 

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Wilson Neighborhood residents decked out F & 5th Street with flags for Veterans Day 11-11-15. Photo: CitizensJournal.us

 
Oxnard Celebrates Veterans Day
Read about last years’s event!

It’s Veteran’s Day in Oxnard

It’s Veteran’s Day in Oxnard

By George Miller- This year, Veteran’s Day was observed differently in Oxnard. The City added  a flag raising and speeches at city hall, then everyone marched (described as an “honor walk”) down to the Plaza Park ceremonies, to the accompanyment of High School bands, a veteran’s American Legion Riders motorcycle group and several local organizations. For […]

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