News Release

Temple City to Observe Veterans Day With Ceremony and Field of Honor

Annual celebration scheduled for Nov. 11; sponsorships needed for first-ever Field of Honor.

TEMPLE CITY, CA (Oct. 31, 2017)—Beginning Friday, Nov. 3, a sea of American flags will blanket Temple City Park. 

Collectively known as the city’s first-ever Field of Honor, the flags will pay tribute to veterans and active members of the military through Saturday, Nov. 11.

Each flag will bear a ribbon with the name of an honored individual, as well as his or her rank, branch of service, and war or campaign served.

Community members may sponsor one or more of the flags at a cost of $40 per flag. Each sponsorship includes a 3-by-5-foot flag and 8-foot flagpole, both of which will go home with the sponsor after Nov. 11.

Anyone simply looking to make a patriotic gesture also can sponsor a general, unnamed flag.

Flag sponsorships are available for purchase through Thursday, Nov. 9, at Live Oak Park Annex (10144 Bogue St.), or by calling Debbie Ingram at (626) 656-7322.

The city will formally recognize the Field of Honor and its sponsors during a communitywide Veterans Day celebration at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Held at Temple City Park, the event is open to the public and will include local veteran tributes by Mayor Cynthia Sternquist and keynote speaker Luis Antonio Echeverria-Newbury, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and counselor with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“We are very proud of the Veterans Memorial we dedicated last year,” Mayor Sternquist said. “But the fact that the public has the opportunity to participate in a very real way this year will, I believe, mean a lot to very many people.”

The Posting of Colors, live musical performances, a vintage aircraft flyover and free luncheon will complete the event.

For more information, please call the city’s parks and recreation department at (626) 656-7321.

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