VFW Post 3208 Veteran's Day Service at Memorial Park

Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010


Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 hosted a Veterans Day ceremony followed by a lunch reception at the Veterans' Photo Wall in Memorial Park on Saturday.  Post Commander Dave Loera introduced WWII veterans Art Contreras and George Metzger, and Korean War veteran Bud Switzer, who told tales of their days in the service.  Following these vets, the featured speaker was Sierra Madre Police Chief Marilyn Diaz, who recalled acquiring a newfound respect for the nation's vet when visiting a Civil War hospital site.  She quoted passages from several books written by veterans, and closed by reciting the lyrics to the title song for the TV series "Band of Brothers" and an acknowledgement of Sierra Madre's Will Lambdin, currently serving in Afghanistan.

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The crowd arrived early to make sure they had seats

Mayor pro tem John Buchanan, Duncan MacGillivray, Gary Hood, unknown veteran, Mayor Joe Mosca

Veteran George Metzger, center, was one of the speakers

Art Contreras, far left, was also one of the speakers

Duncan MacGillivray escorts Eunice to her seat

Korean War vet Bud Switzer addresses the crowd


The crowd joins in singing God Bless America

Pioneer Days 1948, photo courtesy of Bean Town

1950s Sierra Madre National Guard "Heavy Mortar" unit says goodbye to wives and girlfriends as it departs for the Korean War


Sierra Madre Veteran's Day Service by VFW Post 3208 from Bill Coburn on Vimeo.