On the afternoon of November 10, 2019, Monterey residents and more than 30 veterans gathered at the Memorial Walkway and Garden adjacent to the flagpole to pay tribute to our nation and the veterans among them who had fought and served their country in war and peace. We honor those men and women who have served our country so nobly. In fulfilling their oath, even in the seemingly mundane tasks, our service members ensure the continuation of this great American experiment in self-government.
The crowd stood to pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, which was at half-mast in honor of Veterans Day. A wreath of red, white, and blue was mounted on a stand behind the speakers table, which contained a plaque “what is a veteran?” Veterans of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marine Corp., the Coast Guard/Merchant Marine and National Guard were invited to light a candle in honor that service. At the conclusion of the ceremony, as voices joined for "God Bless America," reflecting Monterey's pride, respect, and love of country - a brief and satisfying reflection of patriotism to be long remembered. May we all strive to be faithful in our everyday responsibilities as our veterans have been in theirs.