Patriots stand tall during Menifee rally

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Retired Los Angeles Police Department and U.S. Air Force veteran John Salzman gathers with others at the intersection of Haun and Newport Roads in Menifee to rally support for first responders, law enforcement and military while observing Patriot Day, Sept. 11. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

Patriots stood tall and proud in Menifee during a rally held Friday, Sept. 11, in Menifee.

According to event organizer Chuck Tillotson, nearly two dozen residents of The Oasis, a 55-plus community in Menifee, came out with colorful signs and waved American flags on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“We again received great reception from the moving audience and viewers and to be out pounding the pavement for the good of our country was an honor and a very satisfying activity,” Tillotson said.

Duane Mayer and his wife Jeanine observe Patriot Day in Menifee with a group of people rallying support for first responders, law enforcement and military. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
A Firefighters Memorial and a Battlefield Cross display honoring public servants and lost or fallen military is shown during a Patriot Day rally in Menifee. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

He said that there was consistent horn-honking, waving and cheers from the passengers and drivers in vehicles who passed along the rally route at the intersection of Haun and Newport roads.

“The atmosphere was festive and uplifting,” Tillotson said, adding several participants from the Oasis Veterans Club were on hand as well as Menifee Mayor Bill Zimmerman.

“Many police cars went by so we knew they were telegraphing their presence,” he said.

The purpose of the event, Tillotson said, was to demonstrate that there are many concerned citizens in Menifee who love the United States, its institutions and the way of life residents of the U.S. enjoy.

People gather at the intersection of Haun and Newport roads in Menifee to honor first responders, law enforcement and military during a Patriot Day rally. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Ken Stetson and his service dog Baby rally support while observing Patriot Day in Menifee. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
People gather at the intersection of Haun and Newport roads in Menifee to honor first responders, law enforcement and military during a Patriot Day rally. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

“We want to preserve it for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren,” he said. “Now is the time to make our voices heard. We had small flags on hand that were used by those that showed up without.”

Tilltoson said the signs were patriotic not political.

“Patriots Stand Up for America; Support the Police; God Bless our First Responders; the American flag; United We Stand, Divided We Fall were just some of the messages we displayed,” he said.