Contributed by Kathy Bence
Photos by Leila Jones
Recipients of Salute to Arms Awards From left: Master Sgt. Lawrence Faulkner, named “Veteran of the Year”, talks with Salvador Ayala, named “Humanitarian of the Year” at Simi Valley’s Salute to Arms
2. Sister Barbara Swenson, decorating and greeting committee chair, dancing with Vietnam Veteran Bert Elie.
For eight years, the Simi Valley Stake has honored veterans, active military and their families. This year was no exception. With more than 800 veterans and their guests, and 150 volunteers to make the affair a success, there was a full house at their stake center on Memorial Day 2013.
Cherie Whitaker, with Simi Valley Public Affairs, commented on the importance of this yearly, meaningful tradition.
"We have gained a community of respect and honor, as well as a few new members. It has been a very effective bridge-building event," she said.
Sister Whitaker has submitted a story that ran in the local paper and a link to the event’s facebook page: