Veterans Day at the Park

veterThis year Baldwin Park had its 24th annual Veterans Day celebration at the park from 1:00 PM to around 3:30 PM. At the ceremony, veterans and their families were honored and fed, the Golden Stars Skydiving team jumped out of jets, and landed on a target at the park.

November 11th is the one day of the year referred to as “Veterans Day.” The title itself is pretty self-explanatory, but for those that are not aware of what it is, it is the day we honor all veterans, their families, and any victims of war. One may ask, “Self, why is November 11th the special day?” It is because exactly four years shy of 100 years ago, the Treaty of Versailles was signed, and WWI, one of the bloodiest wars of all time, ended. Thus, November 11th, Veterans Day,  became an official holiday in 1938.

City Council member Susan Rubio opened up her speech by mentioning that a resident complained that Baldwin Park does not do enough to honor veterans. She agreed and gave veterans genuine thanks for their service.

“Because of you, every day we wake up, we can go to work, we can go to school, and we can celebrate our families. For that matter, celebrate anything we want, it doesn’t matter what religion or where we come from. So thank you to all the veterans,” said Rubio to conclude her heartwarming speech.

Alice Varela is the founder and president of SKIP, or Support Kids in Progress. SKIP is a nonprofit veterans’ family Veterans' Dayorganization aimed to assist veteran families. “To best serve our veterans’ families, SKIP has partnered with caring organizations to help prevent suicide. SKIP’s unique family program will begin in December, here in the city of Baldwin Park,” said Rubio. The program was developed in 2013 and is meant to help veterans struggling with emotional pain and suffering from PTSD.

The Golden Stars Skydiving team made an impressive showing to conclude the ceremony. Four different people landed on a target on the field at Morgan Park in honor of Veterans Day. Three twisted and turned to put on a show for the audience, one of them was carrying a huge American flag to depict his patriotism. Three of them landed safely and successfully, but the 67-year-old veteran carrying the flag was not quite as fortunate. He landed last, crashing down, and ended the ceremony with a big bang. The flag got stuck in a tree and he fell to the ground. Though the audience was a bit panicky at first, they were relieved to hear the diver was safe.

The city of Baldwin Park surely is stepping up its game in bringing together residents with new events and new programs. The city anticipates that there will be many more events and Veterans Day celebrations to come. Thank you to all the veterans that have served our country.

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