Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veterans and Active-Duty Military to be honored in Clairemont

Lori Saldana with veterans at Canyon Villas Retirement
WHAT: Salute to Clairemont Veterans
WHEN: Friday, November 11, 2 pm – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Canyon Villas Retirement, 4282 Balboa at Clairemont Drive
• Clairemont veterans and families,
Clairemont Community News publisher, Janet Miller,
• Former Assembly Member Lori Saldaña

Clairemont will honor its veterans and active-duty service members with a reception at Canyon Villas Retirement, 4282 Balboa at Clairemont Drive.

Since WWII veterans started buying homes in the middle of the last century, Clairemont has been a community with close ties to the military. To commemorate this, Lori Salda
ña, a Clairemont resident and daughter of a career Marine, and Janet Miller, editor of the Clairemont Community News decided to collect stories and photos from Clairemont residents for a special Veterans Day edition of the newspaper.

The response was remarkable.

Dozens of photos and heartfelt stories poured into the newspapers offices, some commemorating the lives of veterans who have passed on ; others, honored family members who are still serving overseas.

“It was inspiring to see how many young people sent in pictures of parents and grandparents,” Janet Miller said.

“The community response shows the strong ties and legacy of military service in Clairemont,” Saldaña said.”We wanted the community to recognize and acknowledge the service of these veterans and their families.”

Saldaña and Miller said the Salute to Veterans event at Canyon Villas Retirement Community, where many of veterans live, is a chance for the community to meet and thank these service men and women and their families.

“This is also an opportunity for those veterans and families to share stories, memorabilia . .. and cupcakes!”, Miller said

The event is free and open to the public.

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