Westminster, CA – On November 5, 2017, Westminster Councilman Sergio Contreras honored 4 local veterans today during the first annual Day of Service Honoring Those Who Served today. The event featured a community clean up of Hoover Street followed by a recognition ceremony, aimed at showing respect for the streets our veterans fought to protect with their honorable service in the armed forces.
“I wanted to bring the community together in a day of service to honor those who have served our country,” Contreras said while picking up trash along Hoover Street. “This way we can show respect for the homeland that these brave men and women risked their lives to protect. Our veterans deserve the best and today we get to show them our respect for their contributions.”
The Day of Service Honoring Those Who Served was attended by 60 community members who joined forces to clean up 2 ½ mile stretch of Hoover Street – removing debris, and trash along the thoroughfare.
Following the community cleanup, Councilmember Contreras led a small ceremony honoring 4 local veterans, including: Andy Timko, B.J. Savage, Gabriel Sanchez, and James Harold Goble
Andy Timko – US Army, Vietnam War Veteran, Infantry 1st log unit
BJ Savage – USMC, Korean War Veteran
Gabriel Sanchez – USMC, 4th Light Armored Recon Battalion –Deployed 2003 Operations Iraq Freedom.
James Harold Goble – 97-year old WWII Veteran –Prisoner of War, Purple Heart recipient. Government of France recently awarded Legion of Honor award
The ceremony was followed by a complementary bar-b-que funded by Concilmember Contreras to reward the attendees of the event.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the turn out,” Contreras said. “This small thank you is the least we can do to show our gratitude for our Veterans and show respect for the City we call home.”