RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — From the San Fernando Valley to Costa Mesa to Riverside to Dodger Stadium, members of the military were honored — and remembered — Monday at Veterans Day events.
At Riverside National Cemetery, four generations of one family came to honor Armando Sosa, a husband, father, grandfather and military veteran who served in World War II.
“He just was an awesome, special person,” said Sylvia Salazar, Sosa’s daughter.
“He went to England; my mom’s a war bride,” she said. “My brother was born there, I was born here. You couldn’t ask for a nicer person. Just always willing to be there. Very kind, giving.”
At times the tone was somber. There was a special call to remember prisoners of war, especially those who remain missing.
“I try to come out here to honor the guys that I know that were lost,” said John Marlin, a Naval flight officer who served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. “A whole lot of pilots that I saw go down over North [Vietnam], and of course the two guys in my squadron that were shot down.”
The 54th Annual Veterans Day Program at Forest Lawn Cemetery featured a job fair, military displays and airplane flyovers. Hundred turned out for the commemoration, with many wearing uniforms or medals indicating their service. KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports some veterans arrived by parachute to address the crowd.