Fong: ’They are our neighbors, family, and friends.’

Our elected officials say “thank you” to our men and women in uniform

Fong: ’They are our neighbors, family, and friends.’In 1918, on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the First World War, “the war to end all wars,” was over. The following year, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day, to recognize the soldiers who fought during World War I. Decades later the name was changed to Veterans Day to recognize all soldiers who had served in the United States military.

This year marks the 100th year of celebrating those who have fought and served this great country.

Our veterans are an integral part of our communities. They are our neighbors, family, and friends. Individuals we know and love. These service members have ensured our safety and freedom and protected us from threats foreign and domestic. When they return home, they are critical thinkers and problem solvers in today’s challenging world. The Indian Wells Valley, China Lake, and Ridgecrest are prime examples of how our veterans continue to serve our country and bring forward the most critical advances in technology. It is because of their contributions that our country continues to thrive.

Today, we are reminded of the bravery and sacrifices these men and women have given our country generation after generation. Thank you, Kern County, for your continuous support and respect for our veterans.

For our veterans, thank you, for your service to this country. We are a grateful community and we cannot say thank you enough to those who answer the call.

— Assemblyman Vince Fong

Story First Published: 2019-11-08