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|ANAHEIM TO HONOR VETERANS AT EVENT ON SATURDAY, MAY 18|
City to unveil plaque and introduce new burial flag program in recognition of those who served
ANAHEIM, CA - (May 9, 2013) - The City of Anaheim will continue its tradition of honoring veterans on Saturday, May 18, as the City will dedicate a new Veterans Memorial plaque and begin a custom of flying burial flags to honor the Anaheim veterans who so valiantly served our country. This community event and program is introduced at the recommendation of the Veterans Working Group, established by the City in 2012.
The event will take place at the Anaheim Veterans Memorial and flag pole located at 241 S. Anaheim Blvd. beginning at 9 a.m. Free public parking will be available at Center Street Promenade and at Anaheim City Hall (200 S. Anaheim Blvd.).
The ceremony will open with a presentation of colors from American Legion Post 72 in Anaheim. Following the unveiling of the new Veterans Memorial plaque, the first burial flag will be raised. Guest speakers will include Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, Gary Mason of the Veterans Working Group, and Robert Nelson, son of the burial flag honoree. Members from the Anaheim Veterans Working Group, as well as members of the Anaheim City Council will also be in attendance.
The first burial flag to be flown will be that of Navy Radioman Second Class Robert Bentley Nelson. Nelson served in the US Navy during WWII, where he was a radioman on the battleship USS Pennsylvania, the flagship of the U.S. Fleet. Nelson served at Pearl Harbor when the U.S. was attacked on December 7, 1941 and went on to serve on the battleships USS West Virginia and USS Maryland. He earned five medals/awards during the course of his service, which included the Asiatic-Pacific Area 3 Stars, Philippine Liberation 2 Stars, American Defense 1 Star, Victory Medal World War II, and the Good Conduct Medal 1 Star.
The burial flag program allows the families of deceased veterans to fly the burial flag of their loved ones at the memorial. Following that period of time, the flag will be lowered by the American Legion with the option of being returned to the family or retired with dignity and respect. After the burial flag has been lowered a flag will be raised to commemorate and honor all veterans or another burial flag will be raised.
The original Veterans Memorial plaque will be relocated to another location.
To learn more about the Veterans Memorial, the Veterans Working Group or the burial flag program please visit Anaheim’s online resource center for veterans at www.anaheim.net/veterans. For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net.
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