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Members of the Manteca High JROTC Color Guard salute as a member of the American Legion Post plays the taps at the conclusion of the program for all veterans.

ROSE ALBANO RISSO/The Bulletin


POSTED November 12, 2009 4:40 a.m.

Manteca Mayor ProTem Steve DeBrum  said “every day should be a Veterans Day” because of what the men and women in uniform have committed themselves to do to protect the freedom that we enjoy today.

Police Chief Dave Bricker, himself a U.S. Air Force veteran who served two tours in Vietnam starting when he was just 18 years old, poignantly pointed out that those who are being sent to war – such as those in World War I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and other conflicts – “are so young you wouldn’t hire them to work at your business.” In the same vein, he noted that today’s youth who are in such organizations as JROTC and FFA could be the next men and women being sent to far-flung war-torn places.

“These are the future of our country,” he said.

He added, it’s because of all the brave men and women in uniform “that our country remains strong.”

DeBrum and Bricker were just two of several speakers who delivered poignant messages of praise and hope as Manteca honored all veterans during the annual ceremonies at the Library Park in Manteca on Wednesday.

Place of Refuge Senior Pastor Mike Dillman called all the men and women who “have proudly worn the cloth of our nation in both peace time and war, defending our way of life and guarding the liberties of our citizens ‘hometown heroes.’”

Dillmann also took that moment to remember the “service of countless veterans who have passed on” as well as the more than 1,271,000 “who have watered the soil of freedom with their blood.

“Every last drop is a precious and sacred gift to all who stand here today,” he said as he asked everyone present to spare a moment of silence in gratitude in memory of Charles O. Palmer II and the 44 men and women “within a 50-mile radius of where we stand” who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country since 9-11.

Others who took part in remembering the nation’s brave service men and women were members of the Manteca Rainbow Girls, the Calla 4-H, Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers and Fathers, and the Manteca High School JROTC Color Guard.

As has been the tradition for years, the special tribute to all the brave men and women in uniform was jointly hosted by the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Jimmie Conners Post 6311 of Manteca, Nicholas Kukulica Post #1051 of Ripon, and American Legion McFall-Grisham Post #249 of Manteca, and Sharpe General American #632 of Lathrop.

To contact  Rose Albano Risso, e-mail ralbanorisso@mantecabulletin.com or call (209) 249-3536.

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