On Friday, April 1, 2016, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) will host the third annual Patriots of the Past, Present and Future Recognition Ceremony at March Field Air Museum in Riverside County.
“Since being elected to state office, I have had the privilege of sponsoring, co-sponsoring, and supporting legislation focusing on issues impacting those who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces,” said Morrell. “Working with numerous veterans organizations statewide and here at home, our veterans not only deserve strong voices advocating for them, but also thanks and recognition for their sacrifice and patriotism. This event is about reflecting on their service and how we as a community can support them and promote the virtues they have defended in the hearts and minds of younger generations.”
The event will honor veterans, active duty service men and women, reservists, members of the National Guard, and businesses and organizations that have supported them. Last year’s event recognized Hemet resident and World War II Navy veteran Bill Harrison as Patriot of the Year for his time in the military and his work in building churches up and down the West Coast.
The evening is also an opportunity to discuss public policy issues affecting veterans, including Senate Bill 1155 which will help veterans transition into the civilian workforce and Senate Bill 1081 which will reduce the cost of hunting and fishing licenses for veterans.
“Patriots” from around the 23rd Senate District will be recognized in five categories - Business, Education, Public Safety, Civic Engagement, and Community Service. “Patriots” are defined as:
Patriot of the Past: A veteran of a conflict such as World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or other event.
Patriot of the Present: A currently enlisted service member, a reservist, a veteran of a recent conflict such as the Gulf War or Operation Iraqi Freedom, or a business or organization that currently serves veterans in some capacity.
Patriot of the Future: A young person under the age of 21 who has demonstrated a commitment to their community through volunteerism. Nominated individuals are also asked to answer the following question in 500 words or fewer: “What does it mean to ‘Carry the torch of patriotism’ in your life?”
Nominations were submitted from all over the 23rd Senate District. Last year’s award winners were asked to review the applications and select this year’s honorees, which will be announced at the event. A full list of finalists will be announced in the coming weeks.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The evening will include live entertainment provided by the Swing Dames and a special performance by California Baptist University's Male Chorale.
RSVP is required as space is limited. For more details or information on how to attend, contact Melissa Boyd at (909) 581-9473 or SD23events@gmail.com. You can also “like” the Facebook event page to receive regular updates at facebook.com/PPPF2016.