Senator Morrell now accepting nominations for veterans’ recognition event

State Senator Mike Morrell. Courtesy photo
State Senator Mike Morrell. Courtesy photo

Each year, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) holds a special awards ceremony, dinner, and policy forum to honor veterans, reservists, enlisted service members, and the businesses or organizations that support them. The third annual “Patriots of the Past, Present, and Future Ceremony” will take place in the spring of 2016.

Morrell is again requesting the community’s help in nominating individuals, businesses or organizations in the 23rd Senate District for acknowledgment. A selection committee will choose three finalists each as either “Patriots of the Past,” “Patriots of the Present,” or “Patriots of the Future” in each of the following categories: Business, Education, Health care, Public Safety and Community Service. One finalist from each category will be selected for a special recognition at the event.

“Patriots” are defined as either, “Patriot of the Past” which includes veterans of a conflict such as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War or other event, or “Patriot of the Present” which includes currently enlisted service members, a reservist, a veteran of a recent conflict such as the Gulf War or Operation Iraqi Freedom or a business or organization that currently serves veterans in some capacity.

Also included is “Patriot of the Future” defined as a young person under the age of 21 who has demonstrated a commitment to their community through volunteerism.

Nominated individuals are also asked to answer the question “What does it mean to ‘Carry the torch of patriotism’ in your life?” in 500 words or less.

Nominees should be clearly identified as either a Patriot of the Past, Present, or Future and the category in which the individual or organization is being nominated. For Patriots of the Future, the category selected should reflect the nominee’s career aspirations and/or the focus of their volunteerism.

Nomination forms are available online at

Forms can be sent via fax (909) 919-7739, by email to [email protected], or mail to 10350 Commerce Center Dr., Suite A, 220, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730. Questions can be directed to the district office at (909) 919-7731.

The deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 5.

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