As a member of the recently formed El Centro Patriotic Planning Committee (ECPPC), American Legion Post 25 and Unit 25 participated and supported the various events on Veterans Day 2017.
The ECPPC members consist of representatives from the City of El Centro, NAF El Centro, KIWANIS Intl., Post 25, Unit 25 and Department of California 30th District. Our very own 30th Distict Commander (Tracy Rascoe) and the El Centro City Council member (Jason Jackson) are co-founders and acting president and vice president respectively of the group. This group came to fruition during planning and completion of the city's Flag Day ceremony held at the Veterans Memorial in Bucklin Park earlier this year on June 14. The ceremony included a flag retirement ceremony and was the first offical event held at the Veterans Memorial since its inauguration ceremony on Veterans Day 2016.
The Veterans Day 2017 events coommenced with a Veterans Awareness Walk (1.5 miles) from Post Aten American Legion Post 25 to the Veterans Memorial. There a ceremony was held followed by lunch (free to veterans) which was provided by KIWANIS and the City of El Centro City Council.
It was a busy day at the post. There were +70 walkers and +150 attendees at the ceremony - predominately children! Athough the event was great, the team is looking forward to a larger event next year as this one took place the same day as another large county event.