Thursday afternoon’s dedication of new Veterans’ Memorial at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo

You may remember Brother Larry posting about this a couple weeks ago:  tomorrow’s unveiling of Saddleback College’s beautiful new Veterans’ Memorial in Mission Viejo.  I was already planning on attending with my Army brother Colonel (Dr.) John Nelson, who’s in town from Fort Huachaca.

On top of that, our new blogger Francisco Barragan, in his capacity as president of the Mexican-American Veterans Association (do I have that right Paco?) has been preparing for the ceremony for weeks.  So this dedication will be a Very Orange Juice affair.

REMEMBER, this event is NOT about supporting or opposing any particular wars, but to honor the sacrifice and courage of all the brave men and women who have agreed to put their lives on the line to defend this nation, while too often being neglected by our feckless politicians when they return.

Also notable is the innovative ceramic  structure, which was designed by two Saddleback art professors and built by students:  At 11 AM each November 11 – Veterans’ Day, the day that ended World War I, which was supposed to be the War To End All Wars – the sun will shine directly through the main figure’s head.

This event is tomorrow – Thursday the 29th of April, at 4pm, Saddleback College; more info here. Video produced & directed by Saddleback film student Stephen Crout:


About Vern Nelson

Greatest pianist in Orange County. Performs regularly with his savage-jazz quintet The Vern Nelson Problem, and at regular concerts at the Huntington Beach Central Library.