`The true heroes’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Local observances also were held in Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Pico Rivera, La Mirada and La Habra. The Montebello event was attended by Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, who vowed to continue fighting for federal funding to help veterans receive the services they’re entitled to. Keynote speaker Bob Archuleta, Los Angeles County Commissioner of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, read the names of local veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm, and honored Gold Star mothers whose children have died in the line of duty. Archuleta said there are about 1 million veterans in Los Angeles County. “Our young men and women went to fight in World War II – now … we call them senior citizens,” Archuleta said. MONTEBELLO – This year for Veterans Day, Montebello resident Lindee Brown Larsen decided to find out what her 5-year-old twin daughters knew about veterans. “They’re people who just eat vegetables,” one of her daughters told her. “They’re people you take your dogs and cats to,” said the other. So Larsen decided it was time to start talking to them about the sacrifices and contributions of soldiers in the nation’s armed forces, which were recognized and honored Friday at hundreds of ceremonies nationwide. In Montebello, Larsen and more than 400 other people gathered for the city’s annual Veterans Day observance at Montebello City Park, where Mayor Bill Molinari led the event. “But they are the true heroes. They came back from war and they built this city into what it is today,” he added. “And we want to thank you so much.” Members of the American Legion Post 272 of Montebello gave the color presentation and played taps at the end of the ceremony. And even though Larsen wasn’t sure how much of the ceremony her 5-year-olds understood, she said, “if they see that I took time out to bring them here, they know it’s important.” “And if I tell them a little bit about it every year, eventually they’ll start to understand.” “Kids learn by example,” she said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more