APU Teams with Citrus to Salute Our Veterans

by Ariel Fortune '08

In recognition of Veterans Day this year, APU, in conjunction with Citrus College, the city of Glendora, and the Associated Students of Citrus College (ASCC), hosted the third annual Saluting Our Veterans event at the Citrus College Center Quad at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 6. The ceremony was open to the public and provided a special opportunity to recognize and pay tribute to those men and women who have honorably served in our nation’s military.

Before the official welcome, attendees spoke with representatives at various booths set up on campus, looked at the photos and artwork of military personnel and fallen soldiers, and mingled with one another. Military vehicles, equipment, and uniforms were also on display throughout the event.

Current APU ROTC members, Lieutenant Stone, sophomores David Miller, DJ Sheldon and Jeremy Conway, and freshman Ashley Miller, were among those in attendance. They stood together in front of one of the tables and spoke to interested visitors. 

“It’s great to be able to get everyone together to commemorate our veterans,” Sheldon said.

Cleo and Lavena Burton, whose daughter Teri A. Marcos, is currently the chair and of APU’s Department of Educational Leadership, filled in close to the front as the event began.

“It’s wonderful: the displays, the tables,” Burton said. “Everyone is so nice and kind.”

Cleo Burton was a former veteran in the Korean War in 1952.

After the Covina Concert band finished playing, the event officially began with welcome proclamations by Dr. Jeanne Hamilton, vice president of student services at Citrus College, Congresswoman Hilda Solis, and Glendora Mayor Karen Davis. The event included a presentation of colors by the American Veterans State Honor Guard (AMVETS), the national anthem sung by three Citrus College music students, a moment of silence led by APU Chaplain Rick Givens, and a salute to fallen veterans.

Two key members in organizing the event were Jose Pila, current Citrus College business student and Veterans Network President, and his professor, Dr. Bruce Solheim, who was recognized for his commitment and leadership in making this, and many other veteran events, possible at Citrus College. Solheim is a former Vietnam Era veteran himself.

Many attendees were touched by the speakers and events of the morning. One particular family from Glendora, the Webers, came Thursday morning as a family. Their son is currently on a 15-month tour in Iraq and is set to return the week following the event. Their son’s leave has been very difficult for the family and they first heard about the event when Mr. Weber was taking a Boots to Books counseling course for military personal and their families offered at Citrus College. After seeing the event advertised, Weber decided to bring his entire family and was very pleased with how the afternoon panned out.

“I’m really glad APU is a part of this,” Weber said.

The event concluded with several flyovers and a US Army helicopter landing at the APU Football Stadium.