Anaheim Police Chief John Welter joined Mayor Curt Pringle and members of the City Council this afternoon as the city honored nine Anaheim residents currently serving in the military and one fallen soldier in the during its second “Military Banner” ceremony.
“Over the past two and a half centuries, the American service man and woman has stood fast in the face of many foes under extreme circumstances,” said Welter, at the George Washington Park ceremony. “Some have served on the battlefield; many have been severely injured or even lost their lives. All who serve earn the respect and gratitude for their continued dedication to our freedom.”
The 10 military members honored today will join the 21 others previously honored, and the banners will be displayed on street light poles throughout Anaheim. The city created the Military Banner program in the fall of 2009 as a way to recognize Anaheim residents currently serving in the military.
“Our military personnel, including their families, are sacrificing much in order to make a more peaceful world for all,” continued Welter. “Family members are sharing every minute of service while their loved one is away. They too are serving and sacrificing every day, so we want to thank them for their service.”