Veterans Day ceremony returns

Veterans of each branch of the military were honored Nov. 11 at Veterans Park, including special emphasis on the Merchant Marines.

An estimated 550 people gathered for a Veterans’ Day ceremony in Redondo Beach Nov. 11.

The event saluted servicemen and women from all military branches and many eras, including a man  who was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

A private first-class Army 104th engineer that day, Joe Eskanazi stood up last week at Veterans Park, with a walker, and stepped toward the microphone, a son and daughter to each side.

He was asked if he would like to say a few words.

The smiling Eskanazi said yes.

The microphone was adjusted toward him and he spoke.

“I just wanted to check, anybody else from the 104th Engineers here?” he said with a smile.

Laughter followed.

State Senator Ben Allen told the gathering, “For those of us who did not step up to serve, we owe veterans especially.”

Janice Hahn, Los Angeles County supervisor, told of veterans in need and homeless veterans. 

“We will not allow any veterans in Los Angeles County to sleep on our streets,” she said.

The keynote speaker was Col. Becky Beers, U.S. Air Force garrison commander, Los Angeles Air Force base. 

Other speakers included the mayor of Ensenada, Mexico, a sister city to Redondo Beach. 

The Veterans Park flag was retired by the Redondo Union High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC. The folded flag was presented to John Cabeza de Vaca, a Navy veteran and engineer firefighter with the Redondo Beach Fire Department. ER

 

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