San Diego pays honor to the men and women veterans who served and have made ultimate sacrifices to our country.
There are parades, air show, singing, and awarding to some veterans.
Retired Marine Col. Jay Vargas, a Medal of Honor recipient, told Fox5 San Diego that those who served in the armed forces made tremendous sacrifices.
“We’ll never forget our men and women who are on active duty today or even the veterans who have served in the past, because they have given so much to us,” Vargas said.
According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, then-Maj. Vargas showed “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” during a three-day firefight in 1968 in Vietnam, despite suffering from multiple wounds.
Other events around the region included the annual San Diego Veterans Day Parade along the downtown waterfront — which celebrated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a parade in Fallbrook, ceremonies at the El Cajon Veterans Memorial and a remembrance in San Marcos of armed forces members who fought in Korea.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day was first declared in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to honor all soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who served the nation. The holiday replaced what had been known as Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I. Credits: San Diego Honors Veterans At Events Throughout The County
The celebration clearly remind each of us, especially to the young generation how fortunate we are by having these gallant men who made a choice to fight for us and our nations interest.
It is also a good venue to give inspiration to would be future combatants and leaders to our country.
May the celebration also fills the heart of our veterans on how much we appreciate what they have done for us.