Veterans honored for service to their country and communities

American Legion Post 53 Commander Joe Males, left, accepts a Book of Golden Deeds award from Hemet/San Jacinto Exchange Club President Tom Wilson, Dec. 1. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
Each year, the Hemet/San Jacinto Exchange Club chooses an honoree to receive the Book of Golden Deeds in recognition of their contributions to make their communities better places to live. This year, club members chose to honor local veterans and veterans’ organizations at its 55th annual celebration. The majority of the time, the award has gone to individuals. This is only the eighth time it has gone to a group of people.The awards ceremony, held Dec. 1 at Valley-Wide Regional Park Sport Center in San Jacinto, featured a catered dinner by Emilio’s Mexican Restaurant and holiday entertainment by the San Jacinto High School Chamber and Ladies Advanced singers. The groups performed a few selections from their upcoming Winter Choir Concert at the high school that will be from 5:30-8:3
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