Tag: Veterans

Big Bear Valley Honors Our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day: “Never, Ever, Ever Forget the Magnitude of Their Sacrifice”

Big Bear Lake, CA — This morning’s Memorial Day ceremony, lakeside at Veterans Park in Big Bear Lake, was a moving tribute, in word and song, to honor our military veterans. Before the Fallen Warriors of Big Bear Valley memorial wall, Mayor Liz Harris welcomed those in attendance “to honor those who so valiantly serve our country, in times of war and peace” and noted that “our freedoms are the envy of many.” On this, Memorial Day, keynote speaker Chief Master Sergeant Noel Furniss, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the Air Force, reminded, “It’s not a day of fun, it’s a day of remembrance. Today is not a day to honor war, but a day to honor our fallen war dead.” He then led those at Veterans Park in reciting the oath of American servicemen and women, later singling out the words: “support and defend, true faith and allegiance, so help me God.” The Chief, as he is known to the Big Bear Valley Marine Corps Detachment 1038 and the American Legion Post 584, said of those who have taken the oath: “They chose to be warriors, and protect us from harm. Let us never, ever forget. We can never forget what the cost of freedom is about.” He also asked that we, each American, renew our pledge to honor all military widows, mothers,...

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BBHS Graduate Thom DeGriselles Completes Basic Infantry Training at Fort Benning

Big Bear City, CA — In military news, sent to us from the Army and Air Force Hometown News Service, 1999 Big Bear High School graduate Thomas DeGriselles has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. During his nine weeks of training, Army National Guard PFC DeGriselles received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training at Fort Benning included basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics. DeGriselles has since returned to his hometown of Big Bear City with his wife and young son and, last month, he applied for appointment to the Big Bear City Community Services District Board of Directors. PFC DeGriselles has also studied Civil Engineering at San Jose State since graduating from BBHS, and is now a member of the California Army National Guard and serves as scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout...

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Memorial Day Procession and Ceremony at Veterans Park Planned for Monday, May 31

Big Bear Lake, CA — Military veterans will once again be honored by the Big Bear Valley, as the local Marine Corps Detachment 1038 and the American Legion Post 584 host the annual Memorial Day procession and ceremony, to be held this Monday, May 31. This year’s Memorial Day procession will begin on Village Drive in the Village of Big Bear Lake starting at 9:30am; the bagpipes-led procession will make its way down Pine Knot Avenue to Veterans Park on Big Bear Boulevard at Knickerbocker for a lakeside ceremony to begin at 10am. Big Bear resident and highly decorated combat veteran Chief Master Sergeant Noel Furniss, who has served with the U.S. Marine Corps, the Coast Guard and the Air Force, will be the keynote speaker. The entire community is invited, and encouraged, to participate in this tribute to our military servicemen and women on Memorial...

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