A scene from a Veterans Park ceremony, honoring our military veterans on 11/11.

Big Bear Lake, CA — It was during last November’s Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Park in Big Bear Lake that it was announced to our community that a bill, written by our 65th District Assemblyman Paul Cook, had been passed by the California Legislature and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, designating March 30 as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” The first of these holidays, honoring servicemen and women who served in Vietnam, including the 5,573 from California who were among 58,000 to lose their lives during the Vietnam War, will be recognized by the American Legion Post 584 and the Big Bear Valley U.S. Marine Corps Detachment 1038 on Tuesday, March 30. The 5pm celebration, long overdue and open to all patriotic citizens of the Big Bear Valley, notes the Legion, will be an opportunity to say “welcome home” to those who served our country over a 10-year period in Vietnam. Our local post of the American Legion is located at 41606 Big Bear Boulevard at Crane in Big Bear Lake, and is reachable at 866-4845.