Archived News Release from 2009
For Immediate Release
Redwood City Veteran’s Day Celebration
Redwood City, CA - November 6, 2009 - On November 11, 2009, starting at 9:30 am, Redwood City will honor veterans from all service branches and wartime eras with a Veteran’s Day celebration at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway.
With the support of a variety of community organizations, this celebration offers a morning of events as a remembrance of the efforts of United States servicemen and women, and the historical significance of the day. The entire community is invited to join families, friends and neighbors in celebrating our community’s and the nation’s uniformed men and women.
“Veteran’s Day,” originally known as “Armistice Day,” was historically observed on the month, day and hour (11/11, 11:11 am, 1918) that the guns fell silent in World War 1. While the day has strong historical roots, current events continue to add meaning to the day, as thousands upon thousands of Americans are currently serving in uniform around the world.
Veteran’s Day in Redwood City starts at 9:30 am with coffee and donuts served by the USO and Redwood City Women’s Club volunteers. There will be patriotic music performed by the Peninsula Scout Band, and the San Mateo County History Museum will be open and displaying wartime memorabilia and informational displays prepared by area veteran organizations. Admission to the museum is FREE to veterans in uniform. The formal event will culminate at 11:11 am with a reading on the significance of Armistice Day and the playing of Taps. Following the formal event, the music will continue and a hot dog lunch will be served by the Redwood City Sunrise Lions. Additional information about the event is available by contacting Post Commander Romie Bassetto at 650.207.0426 or Post105rc@aol.com.
The Redwood City Veterans Day celebration is sponsored by American Legion Post 105 in cooperation with Redwood City Police & Fire Departments; Redwood City Women’s Club; “Sunrise” Lions Club; Vietnam Veterans of America, Steve Warren Chapter # 464; Pacific Skyline Council, Boy Scouts of America and AMVETS Post 53. The American Legion Post 105, Redwood City, chartered in 1919, is the oldest continuously active Post in California, celebrating its 90th year in October. For information about joining American Legion Post 105 call 650.365.1337.
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Redwood City Police Department
650-556-1650, ext. 11
Romie Bassetto, Commander
American Legion Post 105