Members of the community took time to honor the men and women who serve our country during the annual Veterans Day ceremony held at Philip Marx Central Park. The ceremony was held under the sponsorship of the American Legion Post 221 in Tehachapi, and included citizens and fellow veterans of all ages and military branches who paid tribute to those who have or are currently serving in the Armed Forces.
Each year on Veterans Day, on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, a brief remembrance and appreciation ceremony is held at the park. This year, nearly 100 people attended.
American Legion speaker and veteran Micheal Johnson began the ceremony by saying, “This is a day meant to put the military veteran first. To remember his or her sacrifice which keeps our nation and its people free. It's a sad number, but 20 veterans a day take their own lives, most all of whom never got over suffering those invisible wounds, the ones many veterans carry home with them.”
On behalf of the American Legion, Johnson urged everyone to keep a watchful eye over local veterans, and, should they see someone in distress, urge that person to seek help from any one of the many veterans service organizations.
Johnson also encouraged the community to stop and thank our town's veterans, and "you will have given one of the best gifts any veteran can receive.”