Sunday, November 22, 2009

FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, BRUCE SOLHEIM (626) 852-8096


Citrus College Collaborates to Bring Community Its Fourth Annual Veteran’s Celebration

by Stacy Armstrong


Four years ago, Citrus College was looking for a way to honor the men and women who have served in our nation’s military.  So, the “Salute to Veterans” event was introduced.

Since its inception, this annual event has grown significantly.  In fact, Azusa Pacific University, the City of Azusa, and the City of Glendora have all signed on to sponsor the 2009 event.

“I am grateful to our neighbors in the City of Glendora and City of Azusa, as well as our colleagues at Azusa Pacific University, for joining us in this important and meaningful event,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, Citrus College superintendent/president.  “I am so excited that all of our friends from the community will join Citrus as it honors the men and women who have served our nation and protected our freedoms.”

The 4th Annual Salute to Veterans will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2009.  The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The celebration will begin in Citrus College’s campus center quad.  A keynote address will be given by Martha McDonald, Citrus College’s dean of students and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.  The program will also include refreshments, an AMVETS Honor Guard, 21-gun salute, military display, and performance by Gladstone High School’s Marching Band.

Following the program, an Army helicopter flyover will occur.  The helicopter will then land at the Azusa Pacific University Football Stadium, where it will be on display.


“People should not only attend because it helps honors our veterans, but also because they will have the opportunity to meet fascinating people and enjoy several interesting and unique experiences,” said Dr. Bruce Solheim, event organizer and coordinator of the Citrus College Veterans Center.


Military vehicles, equipment, and uniforms will be on display during the event.  All branches of the military will be represented, including veterans from many of America’s past and present wars.


“What always motivates me to organize this event is seeing more and more young people coming back from the current war.  I want to reach out to them and other veterans,” Solheim said.  “This is one way in which our campus and surrounding communities support veterans, and it gets better every year.”


According to Solheim, it is the duty of the community to support the troops.


“This is not a matter of politics.  It is about helping veterans who want to get on with their lives and contribute to society,” he said.  “They have suffered a great deal and we owe it to them.”


“People need to go beyond their ‘I Support Our Troops’ bumper stickers,” he added.


For more information about the “A Salute to Veterans” event, call (626) 852-6421 or e-mail





FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, BRUCE SOLHEIM (626) 852-8096