Local Veterans Come Together for Big Bear Lake’s Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Park

This morning’s Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Park, hosted by the American Legion Post 584 and the City of Big Bear Lake, featured keynote speaker Jerry Kinney, who served as a colonel with the U.S. Marine Corps on tours of duty that included Vietnam. Following the presentation of colors by the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment 1038, Kinney asked … [Read more...]

Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Park on 11/11; Marine Corps Detachment Honors USMC’s 234th Birthday on Saturday

Tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans Day, a legal holiday since 1938 recognizing the end of World War I, given the German signing of the Armistice, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918; in fact, Veterans Day was first recognized as Armistice Day, since being commemorated as such by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. … [Read more...]

National Forests Recognize Veterans and Military Personnel With Fee Free Day on the Forests on November 11

In honor of America’s Veterans and Armed Services personnel, this Wednesday, November 11 will be a “Fee Free Day” on all national forests in Southern California. The National Forest Adventure Pass will not be required for visitors recreating in the San Bernardino, Angeles, Cleveland and Los Padres National Forests. Per San Bernardino National … [Read more...]

Sheriff’s Department Collecting Gift Cards and Toys for Military Troops and Their Families; Holiday Donations Accepted Through December 4

In support of our military troops overseas, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station has partnered with the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and the County’s Department of Veterans Affairs, to participate in a collection drive of pre-paid phone cards. Personnel at the Sheriff’s Department are also encouraging the donation of unwrapped toys … [Read more...]

Military Families and Patriots Welcome to Join Mountain-Area Blue Star Moms


Some mountain-area mothers whose children are serving in the military have banded together to start a new chapter of Blue Star Moms, which is affiliated with Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. Chapter organizer Zen Martinsen, whose 19-year-old daughter Sarah-Beth is currently serving as a combat medic with the U.S. Army in Germany, tells KBHR, … [Read more...]

City of Big Bear Lake to Implement Armed Forces Banner Program at Veterans Park; Military Honorees from the Entire Valley Will Be Welcomed

The City of Big Bear Lake’s new Armed Forces Banner Program was approved by City Council this week, and will provide an opportunity for families within the Big Bear Valley—not just Big Bear Lake—to honor active military personnel, by sponsoring a banner, which would list name of honoree and their branch of the military. Banners will be … [Read more...]

Big Bear’s Newest Military Graduates: Miranda Johnson-Bathurst, Stefania Thomas and Eric Riley


Big Bear’s sons and daughters continue to enter into military service, and the Army and Air Force Hometown News Service has shared with us news of three recent graduations. Miranda Johnson-Bathurst, daughter of Dan Bathurst of Big Bear City and a 2008 graduate of Big Bear High School, and Stefania Thomas, former ward of Helen Brunson of Big Bear … [Read more...]

Family, Friends, Marines and BBHS Classmates Come Together for Third Annual 1st Lieutenant Jared M. Landaker Memorial Run for Freedom

Landaker's family included Uncle Mark Clifton, who co-organized the event, Aunt Cindy (third from left, winner in her 5K division), and cousins, who handed out awards after the race.

Saturday’s third annual 1st Lieutenant Jared M. Landaker Memorial Run for Freedom drew over 300 participants, to honor 1999 Big Bear High School  graduate Landaker and six other crew members on a U.S. Marine Corps CH46 medivac helicopter, who were shot down in Iraq in 2007. The September 26 run hosted by the Seven Stars Foundation celebrated … [Read more...]

Vietnam Memorial of 1969 to Move to Veterans Park; 1st Lt. Jared Landaker Memorial Run Next Saturday

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial will, after 40 years, move from Meadow Park to Veterans Park.

The City of Big Bear Lake has plans to continue honoring our military veterans, as well as local servicemen and women, as evidenced by two agenda items reviewed in the September 14 meeting of City Council. On Monday, Councilmembers approved an expenditure, up to $5,000, to relocate the Vietnam Memorial in Meadow Park to Veterans Park. The Vietnam … [Read more...]

City Council to Discuss Expanding DWP Board Requirements, Relocation for Vietnam Memorial in This Evening’s Meeting

The City Council of Big Bear Lake convenes for their first regular meeting of the month this evening at 6:30pm, in Hofert Hall in the Civic Center. This evening’s agenda includes consideration of relocating the Vietnam Memorial in Meadow Park to Veterans Park; an update on the new Public Works Yard; and discussion regarding the expansion of … [Read more...]