The Hollywood Hills Civic Association held the Honor Our Veterans event.
Military veterans off various ages came to the event and enjoyed a dinner and some patriotic songs by the Music Club of Hollywood. Members of the Hollywood Commission came and helped serve dinner to the veterans. Mayor Josh Levy said, “It is an honor to honor our veterans.”
Pam Burgio president of the Hollywood Hills Civic Association said, “We wanted to do something to honor our veterans. We decided to put on this event and have a dinner for our veterans. I was glad to see many people came out tonight,” said Burgio.
Chai Coopman, leader of the Music Club of Hollywood, enjoyed singing for the veterans. She and members of the club perform folk, jazz, and classical music. “I loved performing here for the veterans. We enjoy performing.”
Veterans of all ages and various military experiences enjoyed having a dinner together. Michael Santomaso, who served in the Army during the Korean War, said, “This was wonderful. I came last year and I enjoyed it.”
Jessie Shamon served in the Army for 27 years. He was in the Vietnam War. “I loved being in the Army. This is a nice community event. It is great to see veterans being recognized for their service.”
He ate dinner with Cary Solomon, an Air Force veteran. “This is a good event and I liked being here,” he said.
Alton “Skip” Day made a presentation on the Honor Flight program. It arranges for veterans to be flown to Washington D.C. for a day. The veterans are able to spend a day visiting military monuments.
Day described how much it means for veterans, many of whom are elderly, to have this opportunity. He encouraged people to volunteer to help with the Honor Flights.