Veterans Day marked by local honor, pride
In wheelchairs and walkers with songs and spirit, Madera-area veterans young and old alike were celebrated at a Courthouse Park ceremony Monday where hundreds of people joined together to thank them for their selfless service.
Dozens of American flags — put in place by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1981 and Boy Scout Troop 117 hours before the 11 a.m. ceremony — circled the park and set the stage for a decades-old Madera Veterans Day tradition.
“I love to be a veteran,” said City Councilman Donald Holley, who served in the U.S. Army in the 1970s. “To see all these people come out to honor those who gave up themselves for their country, this is what it’s all about.”
After the posting of the colors by members of the American Legion (AL) Post 11 and VFW 1981, a rousing rendition of the national anthem by VFW Duo Mokey Cowger and Karen Faso East — who also sang several patriotic songs throughout the event — the pledge of allegiance and a prayer, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals spoke about the values embodied by America’s veterans...