Veterans Day ceremony takes place at Chico Elks Lodge

Veterans Day ceremony was held at Chico Elks Lodge. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Veterans Day ceremony was held at Chico Elks Lodge. Photo credit: Christian Solis

The Chico Elks Lodge hosted a Veterans Day ceremony for the Chico community Saturday.

Veterans from every branch of the military were honored at the event including the U.S. Merchant Marines and veterans from every branch were present.

Concert
The Chico Community Concert Band performed multiple military songs as well the theme songs of each branch. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Keynote speaker James Crow gave the community a “Ground Pounder’s View of Vietnam.” Crow spoke about the physical and emotional hardships as well as the camaraderie experience as a soldier in the Vietnam War.

Crow said he saw three things in the war: courage, kindness and evil he never knew existed.

Robert Laney
Laney wrote a book about serving in the Navy. Photo credit: Christian Solis

“It [the ceremony] is an honor to me and to enjoy it with the other veterans takes me back a while,” said Robert Laney a Navy veteran.

The ceremony ended with a three-volley salute by the honor guard.

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