Friday, November 11, 2011

It's their day

Downey veteran Kenji Sayama

The Veteran's Day holiday originated to celebrate the armistice that ended the fighting of World War I. The armistice went into effect in 1918 at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Over ninety years later, we show our gratitude on this Veteran's Day to all those who have served our country here and abroad.

At today's Veteran's Day Ceremony at the Downey Theater, two veterans were specifically recognized. Kenji Sayama, who served in WWII in the "Go For Broke" regiment, was one of 772 WWII Japanese-American veterans who were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington D. C. on November 2.

Downey veteran Ken Drake The other veteran is AEMC Ken Drake, USN (Retired), who is still able to fit into the uniform he received more than 50 years ago! Drake is currently a commander of the American Legion Post in Downey.

"All gave some. Some gave all."

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