Traffic was very light coming into work this morning. Veterans Day, closely associated with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other countries, is an American national holiday, and all non-essential government business closes. My granddaughters are home from school today, too, but the University didn’t cancel classes.
Since we couldn’t participate in a Veterans Day ceremony today, yesterday Jay and I thought we’d join for the opening day of a local Rotary Club’s second annual support a veteran fundraiser.
Covina Rotary’s “Field of Valor,” featuring 2,027 full-size flags as a tribute to veterans, raises money through flag sponsorship with proceeds used to support local veterans in mortgage and rent relief and other areas of need.
We were treated to comments and memories shared by two Medal of Honor recipients, Vietnam veterans Gary L. Litrell and Jack Jacobs.
In addition to the Congressional Medal of Honor, Litrell received three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, a Meritorious Service Medal and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for his service.
Jacobs, who serves as a military analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, received two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts, and of course, the Medal of Honor.
Jacobs also outlined a wonderful program available to schools across the country introducing middle-school children to a curriculum supporting concepts of courage, integrity and citizenship, drawing from the personal accounts of living Medal of Honor recipients.
The display of flags is worth the effort to see and will remain available all week.
Businesses and restaurants across the country say “thank you” to veterans and active service members with free meals, free car washes, and deep discounts on other services.
Veterans Day is an opportunity for all of us to say thank you to those who have served or are currently serving in our Armed Forces. If you’ve had an opportunity to share today with a service organization or participate in a local parade or festivity, I’d love to hear your stories.
Admission to Field of Valor is free. It costs $35 to sponsor a flag. For more information, contact the Rotary Club at 626-332-2978 or visit http://www.covinafieldofvalor.org.