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Film, Parade and More Mark Veterans Day in Watsonville

Sunday, Nov. 11, is the day to thank those who've served.

This Sunday is Veterans Day, and Pajaro Valley veterans will be honored this weekend with several events in Watsonville.

Some important facts about Veterans Day:

  • Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.
  • There were 21.5 million veterans in the U.S. in 2011.
  • Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, first proclaimed on Nov. 11, 1919, to mark the 1-year anniversary of the end of World War I. It wasn't until 1954 that Congress expanded the holiday (and changed its name) to honor all veterans.

The Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese American Citizens League is hosting a screening of Valor With Honor, an independent documentary film on the last interviews of Japanese American vets that served in the World War II 442nd Regimental Combat Team at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

In 2011, the US Army's World War II vets that served in the 100th Battalion, 442nd RCT, and MIS were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for outstanding service to the country.

The film will be shown at the JACL Kizuka Hall, 150 Blackburn St. in Watsonville. For more info see the attached poster and/or the website www.valorwithonor.com.

Then, on Sunday, the annual Veterans Day Parade and Program will be held. The parade starts at 10:15 a.m. at Ford and Main streets; the program will follow at the Veterans Hall on East Beach Street at 10:50 a.m.

TetVet68 November 10, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Remember Pearl Harbor -- Keep America Alert! (Now deceased) America's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, living his 101st year is former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman (ACOM), later wartime commissioned Lieutenant John W. Finn, U. S. Navy (Ret.). He is also the last surviving Medal of Honor, "The Day of Infamy", Japanese Attack on the Hawaiian Islands, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941. (Now deceased) 'Navy Centenarian Sailor', 103 year old, former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Radioman (ACRM, Combat Aircrewman), later wartime commissioned Chief Warrant Officer Julio 'Jay' Ereneta, U. S. Navy (Ret.), is a thirty year career veteran of World War One and World War Two. He first flew aircrewman in August 1922; flew rearseat Radioman/Gunner (1920s/1930s) in the tactical air squadrons of the Navy's first aircraft carriers, USS LANGLEY (CV-1) and USS LEXINGTON (CV-2). Visit my photo album tribute to these centenarian veteran shipmates: http://news.webshots.com/album/123286873BFAAiq http://news.webshots.com/album/141695570BONFYl San Diego, California

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