Richmond celebrates Veterans Day
on November 12, 2013
Richmond residents donned red, white and blue and showed their support for military veterans at two separate events in the city on Monday.
The Richmond Veterans Collaborative, a group of organizations that provide assistance to veterans and military families, hosted a breakfast at Veterans Memorial Hall. Rhonda Harris, founder of the Veterans Resource Program, served as the master of ceremonies, and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, County Supervisor John Gioia, and city council members Tom Butt and Nat Bates all delivered short speeches.
More than 200 people gathered at the Port of Richmond to celebrate Veterans Day inside the newly restored Riggers Loft and onboard the SS Red Oak Victory. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to recognize the building’s remodeling took place during the festivities.
The event featured World War II-era music by vocal trio the JACs, a ceremonial flower wreath toss off the deck of the SS Red Oak Victory and tours of the historic locations.
The Rosie the Riveter Trust, National Park Service, city of Richmond and Richmond Museum of History organized the celebration, which was sponsored by Chevron.
Richmond Confidential welcomes comments from our readers, but we ask users to keep all discussion civil and on-topic. Comments post automatically without review from our staff, but we reserve the right to delete material that is libelous, a personal attack, or spam. We request that commenters consistently use the same login name. Comments from the same user posted under multiple aliases may be deleted. Richmond Confidential assumes no liability for comments posted to the site and no endorsement is implied; commenters are solely responsible for their own content.
Richmond Confidential is an online news service produced by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism for, and about, the people of Richmond, California. Our goal is to produce professional and engaging journalism that is useful for the citizens of the city.
Please send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.