Council Honors World War II Vets

LA MESA -- The City Council began Tuesday night's meeting with a tribute to World War II veterans.
Councilman Dave Allan, who is heading the effort to dedicate a portion of Fletcher Parkway as Veterans Memorial Parkway, welcomed the veterans. 

Each veteran shared their memories of service, which included combat in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The council then reviewed photographs of the monument signs planned for the median and at either end of the portion of Fletcher Parkway being designated to honor the veterans.

The rest of the council agenda was relatively routine. City staff warned the council members that large cuts being pursued by Republicans in Congress could lead to some tough choices as the council considers the annual requests it receives for those funds from local social service agencies.

A long line of representatives from those organizations spoke briefly last night, each outlining a crucial need being addressed by their group's efforts and asking the council to continue with the annual funding.
The council will make final decisions on that funding at a later date.

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Comment by Phil Sluder on February 26, 2011 at 11:24am
Thank you vets. Thank you for doing your part and protecting our country. My family, friends, and I are grateful.
Comment by David Stanley on February 23, 2011 at 4:05pm
Each day, thousands of our WW II heroes pass into history. Most have kept their wartime episodes to themselves but many have shared and in so doing help keep our history alive.  Fewer and fewer citizens tender the respect and admiration due these giants of our time. Teens when sucked into the maelstrom of war, these men and women lived their lives more fully each day than most of us our entire lives.  Along with his Army Air Corp mates, my own father rests. I watched as a youth and young man how few if any recognized the service and could not understand. I returned from Southeast Asia and my own war and saw not recognition but derision and mockery. Thankfully those heroes returning from the Middle East are being hailed as the heroes they are.  Stand up and applaud these WW II heroes as we do today's. Its true, they were and will be for abit longer, "The Greatest Generation"!
Comment by Karen Pearlman on February 23, 2011 at 12:07pm
Nicely captured!

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