OAK HILLS – Veterans from all time periods arrived at Oak Hills High School for the Veteran’s Holiday Tribute on Saturday afternoon. The well-planned event, sponsored by the Don Ferrarese Charitable Foundation, brought smiles to the faces of all those who attended. Most veterans and their guests entered walking a red carpet into the patriotically decorated school gymnasium. As they walked, many with canes or other assistance they were cheered and thanked by high school students. At the entrance into the gym, all veterans received a medal, a pin, and several high school students thanking them for their service.
When attendees reached the inside of the gymnasium, red, white, and blue balloons filled the room. Tables were covered with red, white, and blue tablecloths, and patriotic music was played. A special table in the front was designated for World War II veterans and their guests. Don Ferrarese, an Apple Valley resident who was a professional pitcher for 18 years greeted guests and signed autographed copies of his book, “Big Leagues…Bigger Heart”. Ferrarese contributes to numerous charities, with the Veteran’s Holiday Tribute being one of the several yearly events that his foundation sponsors.
A speaker spoke, several touching videos were played, and a small girl from the City of Whittier sang the hymn for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and the Coast Guard. An honorary table was set aside for those veterans who could not be there due to loss of life or becoming missing in action. Lunch was served to all veterans and their guests by Oak Hills High School students. Following dinner was a choice of several desserts. The event left veterans and their guests with additional pride and a reminder that those they fought to protect the rights and security of all those living in the United States remain appreciated.
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