BRAWLEY â€“ Veterans were honored at the Veterans Wall of Honor Monday evening with recognition, speeches and candles lit in respect for the freedom they won for all.
Over 300 people came to recognize our veteransâ€™ service and sacrifice.
Mayor Sam Couchman welcomed all, Sandra Carter sang the National Anthem, and Lee Quarcelino, both a veteran and an organizer of the event recognized special guests such as Imperial Valley resident and Vietnam veteran Sadrach (Sam) Palomares who was honored by Assemblymember V. Manuel PÃ©rez (D-Coachella) as the 80th Assembly Districtâ€™s â€œVeteran of the Yearâ€, and WWII Pearl Harbor survivor, Frank Garcia.
California National Guard Brigadier General and past Imperial County Sheriff, Oren Fox, gave a patriotic speech reminding us that we all have a part to play in our nationâ€™s security by being watchful and observant.
Fox repeated to all â€œthe price of freedom is high.â€ He spoke on the fateful day of 9-11. He said on that date he was speaking at a school in San Francisco and the school flashed the horrific scene on their television screen.
He remembered his exact feelings as he watched the attack on America. â€œIt struck at your heart that all those people were dying and we couldnâ€™t do anything about it.â€
He ended by acknowledging, â€œThis is still the greatest nation on the face of the earth. To all the troops, â€˜God Blessâ€™â€.
The ceremony ended with a solemn candlelit placement of lights next to the black granite wall inscribed with local veteran names.