The Santa Clarita Armed Forces Day Festival was held this past May 21st at Hart park in Newhall. Hosted by The Friends of Hart Park, along with several SCV Veteran organizations the event is an annual celebration of those who serve and have served in the United States military.
Representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard were present with many of them bringing vehicles and equipment for close inspection including Marine and Army humvees, a Marine LAV, a National Guard ambulance and a demonstration from a Marine K-9 unit.
The event featured live music performances from South 40, Guitar Merchant & Revival, a BBQ raffle, a SCV Young Marines obstacle course and a presentation from the local junior ROTC.
In addition various Representatives from veteran organizations were also present including Frank A. LaRosa Jr. of the Vietnam Veterans of America
“Todays celebration is to honer everybody who has served this country, whether it’s World War 2, Korea or Vietnam… whether it was a conflict or a war, their service is what counts and it shouldn’t be forgotten.”
Following a President Harry S. Truman led effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country, on August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.
After the ceremony, at sundown a candle light vigil was hosted by Prayer Angels for the Military at Veterans Historical Plaza.