Cal State Fullerton to Host Veterans Celebration Nov. 6
November 1, 2004 :: 76
Veterans past and present will be saluted
by Cal State Fullerton and Latino Advocates for Education Saturday,
Nov. 6, during the eighth annual Veterans Day Celebration.
This year’s program is a tribute to Mexican
American veterans of World War II. More than 200 Southern Californians
will be honored during the festivities in the university’s
Titan Student Union. The doors open at 10 a.m., and the program
begins at 11 a.m. Participants include ROTC units from CSUF, Santa
Ana High School and Magnolia High.
Event organizer Frederick P. Aguirre, president of
Latino Advocates for Education and an Orange County Superior Court
judge, noted that more than 500,000 Hispanic Americans served in
the armed forces during World War II. “It is fitting that
we honor their sacrifice and patriotism,” he said, “especially
since they served at a time when Latinos were subjected to open
discrimination, such as segregated public schools.”
A helicopter flyover is scheduled for 1 p.m., weather
and other conditions permitting. Led by Capt. William Fitzgerald
of the 1st Squadron, 18th U.S. Calvary, four helicopters piloted
by Army reservists are to fly north over campus from the Los Alamitos
Armed Forces Reserve Center.
Military memorabilia will be on display in and around
the Titan Student Union’s Portola Pavilion, and films will
be shown in the Titan Theatre.
Family members of deceased veterans are among
those scheduled to attend the commemorative event, which is open
to the public free of charge.
Frederick P. Aguirre, Latino
Advocates for Education, at (714) 255-2499
Amy Mattern, Student Affairs, at 657-278-2957 or email@example.com
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