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  • ​Alpine Veterans Day Celebration honors many

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    By the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
         The personal side of patriotism echoed throughout the annual Veterans Day Celebration and Dedication on Nov. 10 in Alpine.
    Twenty names were added to the Veterans Wall of Honor at the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd.
         Performers beautifully sang the nation’s traditional anthems and music to honor everyone who has been in military service. 
         “What we’re really all about is saying, ‘Thank you,’” said emcee and veteran Dan Foster of the Kiwanis Club of Alpine. “We want to be sure we say ‘Thank you’ to every man and woman who put a uniform on and served this country.”
         Held the day before Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the ceremony also recognized the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918.
         The color guard from VFW Bert Fuller Post 9578 of Alpine started the ceremony. 
         Honor Flight veterans just back from a trip to see Washington, D.C., memorials honoring military service stood to be recognized along with many others.
    Members of E Clampus Vitus and the Patriot Guard motorcycle riders were there with flags flying. 
         Military veteran Anthony Pico, former Tribal Chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians presented Foster, a staunch supporter for veterans and the community, with a beaded Native American medicine bag symbolizing strength, wisdom, and resilience.
         “People in his life when he was a kid showed him love, respect, and consideration,” Pico said. “That builds resilience. “
    While everyone was there to honor the people whose names would be added to the Wall of Honor, Pico said, each person had their own personal reasons to attend the ceremony, including sharing values.
         “Courage, dedication, liberty, peace ---- these are the common values that bring us together,” Pico said.
         He said he learned from his military service and problems he had later to really appreciate what he has and the simple things that he can do in peace and safety.
    “I will never take that for granted,” Pico said. “I am hoping that 200 years from now this tradition of gathering will be celebrating peace.”
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