Yucca Valley, Ca.,- One of the first things that took place when then Mayor Chad Mayes signed the employment contract hiring the unpopular ex-Town Manager/Politician, Mark Nuaimi, was the termination of our traditional Veterans Day Parade which rotated annually between this town and the City of Twentynine Palms. Sure, there were numerous reasons for pulling the plug but no one saw the handwriting on the wall back then that our town was headed down the path to becoming dismantled as a community.
One of the largest military bases is located less than 20 minutes from our town and there are several military that have chosen to live and retire in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. Our day of remembrance was reduced to a “gathering” of Vets and dignitaries at the Yucca Valley Community center, which was first hosted and MC’d by the newly hired Nuaimi in 2010 while Mayor Mayes sat on the stage fiddling with his program in hands. I remember there was a suggestion by the elder Statesman, Councilman Bill Neeb, that it would be a great to have a military Memorial Garden to honor our Vets…it never happened. In fact, the volunteer Yucca Valley Public Arts Commission, which was also dismantled, could have been the committee to shepherd such a project to fruition. Our Vietnam Veteran’s Welcome Back Home brought forth by Carl Gorham of Yucca Valley continues to be paid for out of his own pocket each year without any sponsorship by our town, also home of the Vietnam-Colonel-Purple-Heart-Recepient…now Congressman Paul Cook.
I am writing this article to honor all our veterans with respect and to post a collection of photographs that were taken when the WWII Memorial was closed off to the public during the government shut-down. Like the title of this story says…Don’t mess with our Vets. Our men and women who served our country and those currently on active duty deserve our respect not only on special days of remembrance, but every day.
“The barriers at the memorial have now effectively been removed as more veterans continued to break through the barricades today. Reports on Twitter indicate that the government has backed down, at least for those who are part of the second world war “Honor Flights,” but this scandal must not pass easily from our memories. Ultimately, like the war the memorial records, some good must come of this grotesque situation.
We, the American people, must take heed of our responsibility. In the end, we’re also to blame for what’s happened and for what continues not to happen. We must recognize that by our political apathy, we’re relinquishing our honor. That as we sit and watch TV and complain, in Afghanistan and across the world, a future generation of veterans must be wondering about the country they serve. Whether we, their fellow citizens, truly care about the burdens they bear. Or whether we care just as long as caring doesn’t distract us from Breaking Bad or the latest football game. (Guardian)” Read more:LINK
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