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The sun was shining down on a beautiful La Verne day as the youth of the Bonita Unified School District sang praises for the men and women of the armed forces.
Saturday afternoon the City of La Verne, the Bonita Unified School District,the Chamber of Commerce and the VFW Post 12034 partnered together to host the First La Verne Armed Forces Day Concert at the Glenn Davis Stadium.
“This was a great way to give back and remember the commitment and sacrifice veterans made,” Todd Helm, choral director for Bonita High School and Magnolia Middle School said. “And it was for our benefit.”
The Elementary School Honor Choirs began the program.
The honor choirs are made up of students from eight elementary schools within the Bonita Unified School District.
These young children sang for the crowd of parents, city and school officials and veterans.
These young performers dazzled the crowd with their ability and enthusiasm on the hot day.
The Ramona Jazz Band wowed the audience with their rendition of “American Patrol.”
The song was written in the late 1800s and later was made popular in the 1940s by Glenn Miller and his band.
“Taps” played by bugler Roger Morrie Post 12034, Air Force La Verne and Eddie Solis Post 184 Casablanca VFW Riverside Marines, was a somber moment of the program.
This was the time to recognize all the La Verne men and women who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces.
“This event shows that the community is helping veterans,” John Melendrez, VFW sixth district commander said. “We must support vets today.”
All the performers including the Bonita High School Symphonic Band and Chamber Singers did not rehearse the program prior to the event.
Lack of rehearsal time was not a factor for these young singers and musicians.
The program went off with out a hitch.
“Everyone did a great job,” Helm said. “The students are used to performing and are very professional when it comes down to it.”
The planning for the armed forces celebration began last fall.
The main focus of the event was to raise funds for a veterans’ memorial.
“The memorial will be at Veterans Hall on Wheeler and Bonita,” Dan Harden, Judge Advocate of the VFW Post 12034 said. “It’s also a great opportunity for the kids to perform.”
This event was the first of many to be held in order to raise the necessary funds for the memorial.
“The memorial should begin construction in about a year,” Don Kendrick, mayor of La Verne, said. “And will cost any where from $35,000 to $40,000.”
“America the Beautiful” was the perfect song to send the audience on their way to the rest of their day.
The song and concert was a beautiful tribute to all those who are fighting, have fought or have lost lives to preserve the freedom of our beautiful nation.
“This is a wonderful event, just wish there were more people here,” Kendrick said.
For more information on additional fundraising events, visit ci.la-verne.ca.us. For VFW posts in your area, visit vfwca.org.
Rachel Smith can be reached at rachel.smith@laverne.edu.
America the Beautiful rang out across Glenn Davis Stadium, Saturday May 15 during the Armed Forces Day Concert at Bonita High School. Isobeth Burgos and Joseph Magallanes of the La Verne Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12034, held the honor of retiring the colors at the end of the ceremony. The Bonita High School Chamber Singers, Elementary School Honor Choirs and many others sang tribute to members of the La Verne community who are presently serving in the armed forces./ photo by Christopher Guzman

America the Beautiful rang out across Glenn Davis Stadium, Saturday May 15 during the Armed Forces Day Concert at Bonita High School. Isobeth Burgos and Joseph Magallanes of the La Verne Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12034, held the honor of retiring the colors at the end of the ceremony. The Bonita High School Chamber Singers, Elementary School Honor Choirs and many others sang tribute to members of the La Verne community who are presently serving in the armed forces. / photo by Christopher Guzman

Rachel Smith
Staff Writer

The sun was shining down on a beautiful La Verne day as the youth of the Bonita Unified School District sang praises for the men and women of the armed forces.

Saturday afternoon the City of La Verne, the Bonita Unified School District,the Chamber of Commerce and the VFW Post 12034 partnered together to host the First La Verne Armed Forces Day Concert at the Glenn Davis Stadium.

“This was a great way to give back and remember the commitment and sacrifice veterans made,” Todd Helm, choral director for Bonita High School and Magnolia Middle School said. “And it was for our benefit.”

The Elementary School Honor Choirs began the program.

The honor choirs are made up of students from eight elementary schools within the Bonita Unified School District.

These young children sang for the crowd of parents, city and school officials and veterans.

These young performers dazzled the crowd with their ability and enthusiasm on the hot day.

The Ramona Jazz Band wowed the audience with their rendition of “American Patrol.”

The song was written in the late 1800s and later was made popular in the 1940s by Glenn Miller and his band.

“Taps” played by bugler Roger Morrie Post 12034, Air Force La Verne and Eddie Solis Post 184 Casablanca VFW Riverside Marines, was a somber moment of the program.

This was the time to recognize all the La Verne men and women who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces.

“This event shows that the community is helping veterans,” John Melendrez, VFW sixth district commander said. “We must support vets today.”

All the performers including the Bonita High School Symphonic Band and Chamber Singers did not rehearse the program prior to the event.

Lack of rehearsal time was not a factor for these young singers and musicians.

The program went off with out a hitch.

“Everyone did a great job,” Helm said. “The students are used to performing and are very professional when it comes down to it.”

The planning for the armed forces celebration began last fall.

The main focus of the event was to raise funds for a veterans’ memorial.

“The memorial will be at Veterans Hall on Wheeler and Bonita,” Dan Harden, Judge Advocate of the VFW Post 12034 said. “It’s also a great opportunity for the kids to perform.”

This event was the first of many to be held in order to raise the necessary funds for the memorial.

“The memorial should begin construction in about a year,” Don Kendrick, mayor of La Verne, said. “And will cost any where from $35,000 to $40,000.”

“America the Beautiful” was the perfect song to send the audience on their way to the rest of their day.

The song and concert was a beautiful tribute to all those who are fighting, have fought or have lost lives to preserve the freedom of our beautiful nation.

“This is a wonderful event, just wish there were more people here,” Kendrick said.

For more information on additional fundraising events, visit ci.la-verne.ca.us. For VFW posts in your area, visit vfwca.org.

Rachel Smith can be reached at rachel.smith@laverne.edu.

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<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The sun was shining down on a beautiful La Verne day as the youth of the Bonita Unified School District sang praises for the men and women of the armed forces.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The sun was shining down on a beautiful La Verne day as the youth of the Bonita Unified School District sang praises for the men and women of the armed forces.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Saturday afternoon the City of La Verne, the Bonita Unified School District,the Chamber of Commerce and the VFW Post 12034 partnered together to host the First La Verne Armed Forces Day Concert at the Glenn Davis Stadium.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Saturday afternoon the City of La Verne, the Bonita Unified School District,the Chamber of Commerce and the VFW Post 12034 partnered together to host the First La Verne Armed Forces Day Concert at the Glenn Davis Stadium.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“This was a great way to give back and remember the commitment and sacrifice veterans made,” Todd Helm, choral director for Bonita High School and Magnolia Middle School said. “And it was for our benefit.”</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“This was a great way to give back and remember the commitment and sacrifice veterans made,” Todd Helm, choral director for Bonita High School and Magnolia Middle School said. “And it was for our benefit.”</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The Elementary School Honor Choirs began the program.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The Elementary School Honor Choirs began the program.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The honor choirs are made up of students from eight elementary schools within the Bonita Unified School District.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The honor choirs are made up of students from eight elementary schools within the Bonita Unified School District.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">These young children sang for the crowd of parents, city and school officials and veterans.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">These young children sang for the crowd of parents, city and school officials and veterans.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">These young performers dazzled the crowd with their ability and enthusiasm on the hot day.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">These young performers dazzled the crowd with their ability and enthusiasm on the hot day.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The Ramona Jazz Band wowed the audience with their rendition of “American Patrol.”</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The Ramona Jazz Band wowed the audience with their rendition of “American Patrol.”</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The song was written in the late 1800s and later was made popular in the 1940s by Glenn Miller and his band.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The song was written in the late 1800s and later was made popular in the 1940s by Glenn Miller and his band.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“Taps” played by bugler Roger Morrie Post 12034, Air Force La Verne and Eddie Solis Post 184 Casablanca VFW Riverside Marines, was a somber moment of the program.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“Taps” played by bugler Roger Morrie Post 12034, Air Force La Verne and Eddie Solis Post 184 Casablanca VFW Riverside Marines, was a somber moment of the program.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">This was the time to recognize all the La Verne men and women who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">This was the time to recognize all the La Verne men and women who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“This event shows that the community is helping veterans,” John Melendrez, VFW sixth district commander said. “We must support vets today.”</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“This event shows that the community is helping veterans,” John Melendrez, VFW sixth district commander said. “We must support vets today.”</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">All the performers including the Bonita High School Symphonic Band and Chamber Singers did not rehearse the program prior to the event.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">All the performers including the Bonita High School Symphonic Band and Chamber Singers did not rehearse the program prior to the event.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Lack of rehearsal time was not a factor for these young singers and musicians.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Lack of rehearsal time was not a factor for these young singers and musicians.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The program went off with out a hitch.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The program went off with out a hitch.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“Everyone did a great job,” Helm said. “The students are used to performing and are very professional when it comes down to it.”</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“Everyone did a great job,” Helm said. “The students are used to performing and are very professional when it comes down to it.”</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The planning for the armed forces celebration began last fall.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The planning for the armed forces celebration began last fall.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The main focus of the event was to raise funds for a veterans’ memorial.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The main focus of the event was to raise funds for a veterans’ memorial.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“The memorial will be at Veterans Hall on Wheeler and Bonita,” Dan Harden, Judge Advocate of the VFW Post 12034 said. “It’s also a great opportunity for the kids to perform.”</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“The memorial will be at Veterans Hall on Wheeler and Bonita,” Dan Harden, Judge Advocate of the VFW Post 12034 said. “It’s also a great opportunity for the kids to perform.”</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">This event was the first of many to be held in order to raise the necessary funds for the memorial.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">This event was the first of many to be held in order to raise the necessary funds for the memorial.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“The memorial should begin construction in about a year,” Don Kendrick, mayor of La Verne, said. “And will cost any where from $35,000 to $40,000.”</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“The memorial should begin construction in about a year,” Don Kendrick, mayor of La Verne, said. “And will cost any where from $35,000 to $40,000.”</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“America the Beautiful” was the perfect song to send the audience on their way to the rest of their day.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“America the Beautiful” was the perfect song to send the audience on their way to the rest of their day.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The song and concert was a beautiful tribute to all those who are fighting, have fought or have lost lives to preserve the freedom of our beautiful nation.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">The song and concert was a beautiful tribute to all those who are fighting, have fought or have lost lives to preserve the freedom of our beautiful nation.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“This is a wonderful event, just wish there were more people here,” Kendrick said.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">“This is a wonderful event, just wish there were more people here,” Kendrick said.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">For more information on additional fundraising events, visit ci.la-verne.ca.us. For VFW posts in your area, visit vfwca.org.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">For more information on additional fundraising events, visit ci.la-verne.ca.us. For VFW posts in your area, visit vfwca.org.</div>
<div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Rachel Smith can be reached at rachel.smith@laverne.edu.</div> <div style="overflow: hidden;width: 1px;height: 1px">Rachel Smith can be reached at rachel.smith@laverne.edu.</div>
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<strong><em>Rachel Smith <strong><em>Rachel Smith
Staff Writer </em></strong> Staff Writer </em></strong>
The sun was shining down on a beautiful La Verne day as the youth of the Bonita Unified School District sang praises for the men and women of the armed forces. The sun was shining down on a beautiful La Verne day as the youth of the Bonita Unified School District sang praises for the men and women of the armed forces.
Saturday afternoon the City of La Verne, the Bonita Unified School District,the Chamber of Commerce and the VFW Post 12034 partnered together to host the First La Verne Armed Forces Day Concert at the Glenn Davis Stadium. Saturday afternoon the City of La Verne, the Bonita Unified School District,the Chamber of Commerce and the VFW Post 12034 partnered together to host the First La Verne Armed Forces Day Concert at the Glenn Davis Stadium.
“This was a great way to give back and remember the commitment and sacrifice veterans made,” Todd Helm, choral director for Bonita High School and Magnolia Middle School said. “And it was for our benefit.” “This was a great way to give back and remember the commitment and sacrifice veterans made,” Todd Helm, choral director for Bonita High School and Magnolia Middle School said. “And it was for our benefit.”
The Elementary School Honor Choirs began the program. The Elementary School Honor Choirs began the program.
The honor choirs are made up of students from eight elementary schools within the Bonita Unified School District. The honor choirs are made up of students from eight elementary schools within the Bonita Unified School District.
These young children sang for the crowd of parents, city and school officials and veterans. These young children sang for the crowd of parents, city and school officials and veterans.
These young performers dazzled the crowd with their ability and enthusiasm on the hot day. These young performers dazzled the crowd with their ability and enthusiasm on the hot day.
The Ramona Jazz Band wowed the audience with their rendition of “American Patrol.” The Ramona Jazz Band wowed the audience with their rendition of “American Patrol.”
The song was written in the late 1800s and later was made popular in the 1940s by Glenn Miller and his band. The song was written in the late 1800s and later was made popular in the 1940s by Glenn Miller and his band.
“Taps” played by bugler Roger Morrie Post 12034, Air Force La Verne and Eddie Solis Post 184 Casablanca VFW Riverside Marines, was a somber moment of the program. “Taps” played by bugler Roger Morrie Post 12034, Air Force La Verne and Eddie Solis Post 184 Casablanca VFW Riverside Marines, was a somber moment of the program.
This was the time to recognize all the La Verne men and women who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces. This was the time to recognize all the La Verne men and women who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces.
“This event shows that the community is helping veterans,” John Melendrez, VFW sixth district commander said. “We must support vets today.” “This event shows that the community is helping veterans,” John Melendrez, VFW sixth district commander said. “We must support vets today.”
All the performers including the Bonita High School Symphonic Band and Chamber Singers did not rehearse the program prior to the event. All the performers including the Bonita High School Symphonic Band and Chamber Singers did not rehearse the program prior to the event.
Lack of rehearsal time was not a factor for these young singers and musicians. Lack of rehearsal time was not a factor for these young singers and musicians.
The program went off with out a hitch. The program went off with out a hitch.
“Everyone did a great job,” Helm said. “The students are used to performing and are very professional when it comes down to it.” “Everyone did a great job,” Helm said. “The students are used to performing and are very professional when it comes down to it.”
The planning for the armed forces celebration began last fall. The planning for the armed forces celebration began last fall.
The main focus of the event was to raise funds for a veterans’ memorial. The main focus of the event was to raise funds for a veterans’ memorial.
“The memorial will be at Veterans Hall on Wheeler and Bonita,” Dan Harden, Judge Advocate of the VFW Post 12034 said. “It’s also a great opportunity for the kids to perform.” “The memorial will be at Veterans Hall on Wheeler and Bonita,” Dan Harden, Judge Advocate of the VFW Post 12034 said. “It’s also a great opportunity for the kids to perform.”
This event was the first of many to be held in order to raise the necessary funds for the memorial. This event was the first of many to be held in order to raise the necessary funds for the memorial.
“The memorial should begin construction in about a year,” Don Kendrick, mayor of La Verne, said. “And will cost any where from $35,000 to $40,000.” “The memorial should begin construction in about a year,” Don Kendrick, mayor of La Verne, said. “And will cost any where from $35,000 to $40,000.”
“America the Beautiful” was the perfect song to send the audience on their way to the rest of their day. “America the Beautiful” was the perfect song to send the audience on their way to the rest of their day.
The song and concert was a beautiful tribute to all those who are fighting, have fought or have lost lives to preserve the freedom of our beautiful nation. The song and concert was a beautiful tribute to all those who are fighting, have fought or have lost lives to preserve the freedom of our beautiful nation.
“This is a wonderful event, just wish there were more people here,” Kendrick said. “This is a wonderful event, just wish there were more people here,” Kendrick said.
For more information on additional fundraising events, visit <a href="http:// ci.la-verne.ca.us" target="_blank" >ci.la-verne.ca.us</a>. For VFW posts in your area, visit <a href="http://vfwca.org" target="_blank" >vfwca.org</a>. For more information on additional fundraising events, visit <a href="http:// ci.la-verne.ca.us" target="_blank" >ci.la-verne.ca.us</a>. For VFW posts in your area, visit <a href="http://vfwca.org" target="_blank" >vfwca.org</a>.
<em>Rachel Smith can be reached at <a href="mailto: rachel.smith@laverne.edu" >rachel.smith@laverne.edu</a>.</em> <em>Rachel Smith can be reached at <a href="mailto: rachel.smith@laverne.edu" >rachel.smith@laverne.edu</a>.</em>

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