Canyon Lake to honor veterans next Tuesday


The crowd stands at attention for the presentation of colors during last year's Veterans Day Ceremony. Credit: Bert Barbay
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Canyon Lakers are invited to take part in the 6th annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Tuesday, November 11, at 10 a.m. in the Towne Center. The War Birds West team will conduct a flyover early in the program.

Serving as master of ceremonies is Canyon Lake's own Bert Barbay, grand marshal of this year's Fiesta Day Ceremony. The Elsinore High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard will post the colors and the Canyon Lake Choraleers will sing the National Anthem.

This year's ceremony will pay special tribute to Vietnam veterans, so speakers will include Mayor Randy Bonner and resident Danny Batinich. The keynote address will be presented by Lt. Col. Blake LaMar, USAF, with the theme, “Our Armed Forces Around the World.”

As in past years, veterans of all five service branches will be encouraged to stand during the singing of their service anthems. The City of Canyon Lake has been designated a “Purple Heart City,”so those who have been awarded a Purple Heart will be recognized.

Special music will include patriotic songs by the Choraleers, and a patriotic tribute by 12-year-old harpist Kylene Evans. During the playing of Taps, representatives of two families who have lost a veteran this past year ? Arlie Blood and Vick Knight ? have been asked to lay a wreath and place 15 roses in the memorial urns next to the monument.

According to Veterans Day Committee Chair Nancy Horton, these roses represent 14 heroes who have died, with one extra for those whose information has not yet reached the committee.

Other special activities in the ceremony will be a performance by the Temescal Canyon High School Drum Line; a free drawing, for veterans only, to win a “Quilt of Valor” presented by Kathy Barbay; and a display to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D Day prepared by Jill Batinich.

The Chamber of Commerce has contributed 200 flags, which will fly in the “Field of Honor” around the Veterans Monument.

Over the weekend, a flag will be delivered to every veteran and active duty service person registered with the City. The flags have been prepared by Ladies of the Lake.

"The goal of the Veterans Day Committee has been to make our veterans and active duty service members feel appreciated," says Nancy. "Please come to the Towne Center in front of Pack Wrap and Post to be part of this wonderful day."