Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ojai, Oak View Ready For Memorial Day

Parade, aircraft flyover in Oak View, among Monday events

By Sondra Murphy
Food, music, critters and military personnel will converge Monday in honor of Memorial Day. The Oak View Civic Council and Ojai Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars will host the Ojai Valley Memorial Day parade in Oak View. With a theme of “We Never Forget,” the local groups will parade down Old Ventura Avenue from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., ending in front of The Longhorn, where awards will be given in several categories.
Musician Al Westcott will perform during the ceremony, as well. Watch for a morning flyover by two Korean-era fighter-trainer radio engineer aircraft at about 9:40 a.m., weather permitting.
American Legion Post No. 686 will be flipping the flapjacks and pouring coffee at 475 Old Ventura Ave. from 8 to 10 a.m. to help energize participants and spectators alike. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children.
Ojai events begin at noon in Libbey Park. Veteran speakers, music and a “Wall of Remembrance” are highlights of “Honoring Our Veterans” activities hosted by VFW Post No. 11461. The Ojai American Legion Post No. 482 will offer free breakfast to veterans from 7 to 10 a.m. Cost for everyone else is $4.
Richard Lyons, Ellen Johnson and the U.S. Air Force Concert Band will perform patriotic songs. Army memorabilia and vehicles will be on display until the event ends at about 2:30 p.m.
Sponsors include Ojai American Legion and Women’s Auxiliary, Ojai Lions Club, Rotary Club of Ojai-West, Rabobank and the U.S. Army.
For more information about the Oak View events, contact Kim Armstrong at 640-0727. For Ojai events, call Nancy Hill at 646-0076.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Veterans, for your sacrifices, your time, and your service. This country is better because of people like you.

Linda Maria Fernandez said...

I woke up this morning thinking about my brother, David Allen Stephens and what he sacrificed for our country. Thank y'all for all the Memorial Day events but while attending them, think about what you can sacrifice...what you can do to serve the United States. Evoking John Kennedy, 'Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.' All veterans, including me, would truly appreciate it if you could do that.

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