Today, veterans are being honored across America. National media outlets are encouraging people to share their favorite U.S. flag pictures (tagged #thankyouveterans). Meanwhile, local cities host their own celebrations, like the City of Pasadena’s event to honor those who have served in the United States military, their loved ones and city first responders. This year’s celebrations continue the tradition but place a special emphasis on the nation’s youngest and newest veterans.
Vanessa and I had the honor of attending today’s Veteran’s Day ceremony at beautiful Pasadena City Hall Centennial Square. The events highlighted the Pasadena Community College veterans’ program, the number one program in California for returning veterans from the Long Wars. Today, it was also announced that this program is number two in the entire nation.
The ceremony began with the posting of colors by Blair High School ROTC and was followed by the a National Anthem performance by the PCC Pep Band. The band also honored the veterans of the various service branches with each military group’s anthem.
Even speakers included Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard; Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, a Marine veteran; and PCC professor Harold Martin (affectionately named “Doc Martin” by his students) who spoke primarily about the importance of helping our young veterans transition back into civilian life. At Spokeo, we know a large part of this transition includes making connections with other veterans.
As a people search company, we’re inspired to continue our pledge to do more for our veterans by creating an easier way for veterans and military members to reconnect with the friends they’ve served with. We hope everyone found a way to celebrate Veteran’s Day today, whether it was with your family, your friends, or your fellow veterans.
If you’re a veteran who was able to connect with a long time friend after many years apart, please share your story in the comments below!