Armed Forces Day Celebrated at CV Park

State Senator Anthony Portantino, in white next to veteran Jim Turner, presented several awards during the Armed Forces Day event.
Photos by Lucian KUGLER

By Lucian KUGLER 

On Saturday, community members gathered at Crescenta Valley Park to celebrate the 6th Annual Armed Forces Day event. American Legion Post #288, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #1614, and Moose Lodge #641 joined together to host and sponsor the event, which included an automobile show, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds from the event were dedicated to supporting local veteran and youth charities.

This year’s event paid tribute to the U.S. Army, resonating with the hearts of attendees who shared a deep admiration for the military. At Crescenta Valley Park attendees saw an array of classic automobiles, hot rods, military vehicles and emergency response units. Enthusiasts and patriots marveled at the rich history and craftsmanship on display.

The day included additional activities to engage and entertain attendees. These included a raffle for prizes contributed by local businesses. The event also featured a 50/50 drawing.

Highlights of the day included the Crescenta Valley High School U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC taking center stage, performing the presentation of colors and leading the crowd in reciting the pledge of allegiance.

The success of the event was made possible not only by the primary sponsors – the American Legion, VFW and the Moose Lodge – but also through the support of several organizations. These included The Outlaw Garage, the Early Rodders, Rydell Chevrolet, Farmers Insurance, Forest Lawn, La Crescenta Pharmacy and Diana Bradford.

The presence of California State Senator and 2024 congressional candidate Anthony Portantino added a special significance to the occasion. State Senator Portantino took the time to meet and interact with the veterans at the event. He also presented several awards and recognized the contributions and sacrifices made by the veterans.

“The significance of the event are the veterans who served our country, so it’s very important that we as a community honor and give back to them for their service,” said Portantino.

The event not only paid homage to the enduring legacy of the U.S. Army but also offered a reminder of the nation’s collective responsibility to support those who have dedicated their lives to safeguarding the nation’s freedom.