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November 10, 2018 - City of Colton Veterans Day - Armistice Centennial Event

Fleming Park - Colton

 

320 pixel logo w sloganAn event endorsed and approved by the California WW1 Centennial Task Force to commemorate, honor, and educate the citizens of the Great State of California.

 By Bill Betten, Co-Director of the California WW1 Centennial Task Force

 

dr g & bill Betten at task force booth resultCalifornia WW1 Centennial Task Force Co-Director Bill Betten and Colton Armistice Centennial Event Master of Ceremonies Dr. Luis Gonzalez at the task force booth.This year’s City of Colton’s Veterans Day celebration was augmented as an officially sponsored California WW1 Centennial Task Force Armistice Centennial Event, or ACE. The commemorations followed the city’s usual Veterans Day program, that of a packed and planned morning starting off with a Prayer Ceremony, followed by the Veterans Parade, continuing with the Honor Ceremony in Fleming Park, and then finalizing the morning’s events with a Veteran’s Showcase across the street.dr g & chs band & auxillary result"Dr. G" and Colton High School Marching Band and Auxillary before the Veterans Parade of 2018.

Once again, Colton City Council Member Dr. Luis S. Gonzalez, or as he is known to the community of Colton, Dr. G, planned and presented one of the finest Veterans Day celebrations available to attend in Southern California. The 8:00 a.m. Prayer Ceremony, held at Pete S. 2018 colton band members & dr g result2018 Colton High School band members & "Dr. G" before the Nov. 11, 2018 Veterans Day Parade.Lugue Community Center at 292 East “O” St. began with an opening prayer by Colton Christian Church Pastor Danny Fuentes. The Colton High School NJROTC presented the colors as VFW Post #6476 Commander Jess Saucedo, assisted by Girl Scout Troup 11 lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and vocalist Scott Hensel sang the National Anthem.

Colton Mayor, Richard DeLaRosa then welcomed all and introduced the guest speaker Colton Joint Unified School District Board Member Dan Flores.2018 chs band formup & warmup resultColton High School band forms up for the parade.

The Colton Faith Collective Ministers Association then lead those assembled through a Veteran’s Dedication and Veteran’s Prayer. Dr. G gave closing remarks reminding everyone to enjoy the refreshments provided by Community Services and then to gather for the Veterans Parade at 9:30 a.m.

colton hs band warming up resultThe Veterans Parade proceeded down La Cadena Drive and then “O” Street heading north to Fleming Park. The NJROTC from Colton High School and the Colton Fire Department shared a pace in the parade with local dignitaries and most importantly, veterans. The Colton High School Marching Band, Dr. G’s former charges, entertained those who viewed the parade with their variety of rousing marches.colton hs band veterans parade result

chs band veterans day parade resultI am sorry to report that I was unable to take any photos of the Prayer Ceremony as I was quite busy setting up the California WW1 Centennial Task Force booth and display at the Woman’s Club, (my faithful right hand, my wife, Joni Betten had travelled out of state to meet our brand new granddaughter,) but I did get to hear the band come down the street in their gallant uniforms.

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As Dr. G, who acted as Master of Ceremonies for all of the morning’s events, took the outdoor stage of Fleming Park’s band shell, the many dignitaries, veterans, and invited guests took their places amongst the audience. Many families had already staked out locations in the shade of the park’s trees and stage benches. Pastor Pete Tasaka of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship offered the opening prayer followed again by the Colton High NJROTC presentation of the colors. American Legion Post 155’s Commander Ken LeBron led the pledge with the Scouts with another singing of the National Anthem by Mr. Hensel.

After the mayor again welcomed everyone there, Dr. G had the audience veterans line up resultVeterans are asked to step up and be recognized for their service.recognize the one hundredth anniversary of the passing of the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month in 1918 and the end of the first great world war and all were invited to participate in the “Bells of Peace” commemorating the final day of WW1 when the last shot was fired ending “the war to end all wars.”

California Assembly Member Eloise Gomez-Reyes gave the keynote address. Dr. G then called forward the dignitaries of Colton to present all Veterans of all wars and conflicts forward one at a time to be recognized for their service and receive a special decoration created for the commemoration.

As the official representative for all those who served in WW1, I was asked to receive the medal for the California WW1 Centennial Task Force and every American who served in WW1. It was a great honor that I hope those in the audience shall not soon forget. I know I never will.

veterans recognized in coltonEach veteran was called by name and each ones service was recognized.Though the presentation was lengthy, as Dr. G made every effort to recognize by name every veteran present, a more fitting finally could not have been planned than that which the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6476 gave. The post’s Honor Guard offered in remembering those who have died in service to their country a twenty-one-gun salute and playing of Taps.

Dr. Gonzalez then thanked all for coming and invited everyone to attend the Veteran’s Showcase being held just across the street at the Colton Women’s Club at 495 N. 7th St. Here they would have the opportunity to view the California WW1 Centennial Task Force’s WW1 display, meet special veterans, and see many artifacts American soldiers calif ww1 task force banner resultCalifornia WW1 Centennial Task Force official banner.had on display of their own service. This reception, in contrast to their daily unpretentious civilian life, these veterans were treated as celebrities whose presence excited the crowd who asked for autographs and were eager to hear their stories.

It was here also that I was besieged at the WW1 Centennial booth with many interested Americans and descendants who would ask about the service of the sailors and Doughboys of WW1.

 bill betten at display  before womens club resultBill Betten at the booth just after the rush of inquisitive participants at Colton's Armistice Centennial Event 2018.

 

Though I was quite committed to attend other Armistice Centennial Events that day and had to pack up and leave the day was not over in Colton and I was informed that the VFW Post 6476 was inviting everyone to an Open House that afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

dr g & bill betten enjoy a laugh resultDr. G & Task Force Co-Director Bill Betten enjoy a laugh at the California WW1 Centennial Task Force display at the Colton Armistice Centennial Event I want to thank Dr. Luis Gonzalez and the people of Colton for inviting me and the and the California WW1 Centennial Task Force to their Veterans Day/Armistice Centennial Event. It was a great day, a great event, enjoyed by all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

California WW1 Centennial Task Force

 

Managing Board Co-Directors

Bill Betten
Sal Compagno
Col. Andre N. Coulombe
Hugh E. Crooks, Jr.
Mike Hanlon
Brigadier General R.G. Head, Ph.D. USAF (Ret.)
Prof. Jennifer Keene, Ph.D
Courtland Jindra
Dennis Matarrese
Major General Michael J. Myatt USMC (Ret.)
Stephen M. Payne, Ph.D.
Anthony Powell
Lester Probst
Prof. Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.
Col. Fred Rutledge 

Northern California Committee

Sal Compagno
Mike Hanlon
Stephen M. Payne, Ph.D.
Lt. Col. Kenneth Nielsen
Major General Michael J. Myatt USMC (Ret.)

Anthony Powell
Col. Fred Rutledge
Prof. Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.

Southern California Committee

Bill Betten
Maria Carrillo
Col. Andre N. Coulombe
Brigadier General R.G. Head, Ph.D. USAF (Ret.) 
Courtland Jindra
Lester Probst
Jeff Sharp

 Education Committee

Bill Betten, Master of Arts in Education, (Retired teacher DUSD, OUSD, AGUSD)
Lauren Weiss Bricker, Ph.D., Professor of Architecture at Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Scott Corbett, Ph.D, Lecturer, History, CSUCI
Jennifer Keene, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Chapman University
Michael Powelson, Ph.D., Lecturer, History, CSUCI
Jonathan Roth, Ph.D., Professor of History, SJSU, Burdick Military History Project Director [Committee Chair]
Miriam Raub Vivian, Ph.D.,  Professor of History, CSUB

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Bill Betten

 

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