Each year, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) holds a special awards ceremony, dinner, and policy forum to honor veterans, reservists, enlisted service members, and the businesses or organizations that support them. The third annual “Patriots of the Past, Present, and Future Ceremony” will take place in the spring of 2016.
Senator Morrell is again requesting the community’s help in nominating individuals, businesses, or organizations in the 23rd Senate District for acknowledgment. A selection committee will choose three finalists each as either “Patriots of the Past,” “Patriots of the Present,” or “Patriots of the Future” in each of the following categories: Business, Education, Healthcare, Public Safety, and Community Service. One finalist from each category will be selected for a special recognition at the event.
“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?”
Nominees should be clearly identified as either a Patriot of the Past, Present, or Future and the category in which the individual or organization is being nominated. For Patriots of the Future, the category selected should reflect the nominee’s career aspirations and/or the focus of their volunteerism.
A nomination form for “Patriot of the Past” or “Patriot of the Present” can be found here.
A nomination form for “Patriot of the Future” can be found here.
Both are also available online at morrell.cssrc.us.
Forms can be sent via fax (909) 919-7739, email (Melissa.Boyd@sen.ca.gov), or mail (10350 Commerce Center Dr., Suite A- 220, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730). Questions can be directed to the district office at (909) 919-7731.
The deadline to submit nominations is February 24, 2016.