It was the 11th day of the eleventh hour of the 11th month in 1918 when the armistice, a cessation of the world’s first war, was signed. Many American soldiers died fighting the cruel and bloody war in Europe.
The Armistice Day celebration of 1918 became a national holiday. On the same day in 1938, it became Veteran’s Day, and in the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, it became legally known as Veterans Day.
Wars have come and gone, and some still rage in foreign lands where more brave men and women in the American military are still fighting and dying for the freedom of the country and the world.
As such, Americans take Nov. 11, to reflect upon the sacrifices that countless soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have given and are giving to preserve freedom. Thousands of southwestern Riverside County residents will take this opportunity to thank a veteran and their families for their service during special observances being conducted this Veterans Day. The following is a list of the major observances taking place Veterans Day weekend.
In Temecula, the Patriotic Salute to Veterans begins 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street, in Temecula. The first 500 patrons will be served a free dinner on the grass of Town Square Park, until 6 p.m. It will be followed by a presentation of the colors, singing of the national anthem performed by Resonate and playing patriotic music, offered by the Temecula Valley Symphony and guest vocalist Emily Chelsea.
Also, the Concert for Heroes will held 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Galway Downs, 38801 Los Corralitos Road off state Route 79 in Temecula. Presented by the Horses at Manzanita Ranch, the concert will feature seven popular local bands, honoring veterans and their families. Veterans with ID are invited to attend for free. Tickets are $25 for adult admission and $10 for ages 12 to 17; children under 12 are free. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the care and feeding of the Manzanita Ranch horses that serve as therapy for veterans and first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder. Bring lawn chairs, warm clothes and blankets.
In Murrieta, the Veterans Day Parade will held 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Historic Murrieta Town Square Park. The parade begins on Washington Avenue with a fly over and the national anthem and will end at the Town Square Park Field of Honor where hundreds of flags will be flying. There will be vendors and outdoor events honoring all veterans in the square.
In Menifee, the Veterans Day Celebration will take place 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Menifee Veterans Memorial in Wheatfield Park, 30627 Menifee Road. The city of Menifee commemorates the contributions of its veterans with a Chalk Walk for the public to visually express their gratitude to its veterans. There will be picnic games, guest speakers, a barbecue, music from the patriotic band, Timeless, and readings of essays about America and its veterans written by third to 12th-graders.
In Lake Elsinore, the 2017 Veterans Day Observance Ceremony will be held 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the entrance of Diamond Stadium, 500 Diamond Drive, in Lake Elsinore. A local veteran will unveil the latest Veterans Memorial Brick honorees. The city invites families to honor a brave veteran in their lives by purchasing and engraved brick at the city monument. See www.lake-elsinore.org/VeteransMemorial.
In San Jacinto, the Veteran’s Day Golf Saturday, Nov. 11, at Golden Era Productions Golf Course, 19871 Gilman Springs Road, San Jacinto with two flights check in at 7 a.m. and shot start at 7:30 follow by second flight check in at noon and shotgun start at 1 p.m. Veterans are free to golf includes a continental breakfast, lunch and ceremony. Tee times and registration call Linda Kersey (951) 530-9488.
Also, First Responders Appreciation Day will be honored 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Moose Lodge, 188 W. Main St., in San Jacinto. The Moose Lodge invites all veterans and first responders to come by and have lunch.
In Riverside and Moreno Valley, the Riverside National Cemetery hosts two Veterans Day ceremonies at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the national cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., in Riverside.
Also, the Moreno Valley Veterans Memorial Circle, 14177 Frederick St., in Moreno Valley, hosts their Veterans Day Ceremony, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Earl Williams, 98, will be the featured speaker. Williams survived the attack Dec. 7, 1942, by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor.