Hermosa Beach honors oldest, youngest veterans
by Kevin Cody
The oldest and youngest military veterans attending Hermosa Beach’s Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial sundial last week were recognized by Hermosa Beach Councilman Raymond Jackson, who served as emcee. The oldest was 96-year-old, World War II Marine Jim Gierlich, a long Hermosa Beach resident. The youngest was 46-year-old Hermosa Beach city employee and army veteran Jay Marcelo.
The ceremony began and ended with Diane Plaster singing the national anthem, and her husband Daniel, a retired Master Sergeant, sounding taps.
Jackson, a retired Army colonel, ended his remarks by observing there are those who say, “Not me,” and those who say “Send me.”
Jackson then read from the lyrics “Send me,” by country singer and former U.S. Army Ranger Keni Thomas:
Come on send me
Here am I, send me
Victory lies in the spirit of the lives
of the men who died for me. ER