By Jim Tortolano/Garden Grove Journal
With song and speech and rifle salute and even silence, the City of Stanton paid tribute to the fighting men and women of America at the annual Veteran’s Day Celebration at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday.
The event celebrated and honored those past and present in military service to America.
“Our veterans are being recognized more and more across America, and deservedly so,” said Mayor Brian Donahue, who is also chair of the Stanton Community Foundation, which co-sponsored the event.
Each member of the city council spoke. Councilman and mayor pro tem David Shawver, quoting from a poem, said “we owe veterans our very lives and liberties.” Councilwoman Carol Warren spoke of society’s obligation to help disabled and homeless veterans.
Capt. Anthony Colannino of the California State Military Reserve,sang an a capella rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” A chorus of students from St. Polycarp Catholic School in Stanton sang “God Bless America,” “Coming to America” and “Thank You, Soldier” in a performance complete with choreographed gestures and motions.
A wreath was laid at the central monument by two veterans, and a moment of silence was observed. That quiet was broken by a rifle salute by four members of Amvet Post 18, led by Capt. Ivan Asbaugh.
The playing of “Taps” and a final prayer closed the observance until next Veteran’s Day.