The Campbell Veterans Memorial Foundation was honored to conduct its annual salute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving this great nation. While CMVF has organized these celebrations for the past 10 years, the 2017 event was exceptionally poignant and touched the hearts of the appreciative audience.
The ceremony commenced with the posting of the United States Colors by the Leigh High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard. Of course, the festivities began to soar when Bill Burkhead directed the 50-member Del Mar High School Band with an uplifting rendition of the National Anthem.
Campbell Boy Scout Troop 333 then lead the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The honor of placing the Memorial Wreath on the Memorial site was adeptly managed by CVMF Chaplain Sgt. Jim Clark-Moore, United States Army Reserve. Sgt. Clark-Moore also delivered the Invocation and the Benediction near the conclusion of the ceremony.
The whole event was seamlessly stage-managed by Master of Ceremonies and former Campbell Mayor, Colonel Dan Furtado (Ret).
Campbell was honored to have Colonel Lewis Knapp, United States Army Reserve, as the Keynote Speaker. The Colonel regaled the audience with recollections of being the officer who had the unenviable task of notifying a mother about the death of her beloved son. It was an emotional experience for the Colonel and for those in attendance. As you can imagine, tears flowed freely.
The entire event was punctuated by a beautiful rendition of Taps by the Lone Bugler from the Del Mar High School Band. People were also impressed with the precision and décor demonstrated by the ROTC Color Guard when it retired the Colors.
The Master of Ceremonies thanked the attendance, the city staff, and those who assisted in making this ceremony proper and successful. Special thanks should also be extended to Event Chairman Mike Kotowski who helped coordinate this memorable affair. In addition, we are deeply appreciative of Rob Pederson and Family for donating that beautiful Memorial Wreath.
Afterward, many attendees visited the memorial site or just talked quietly in remembrance of those who passed away in the years before.
The members and Board of CVMF wish everyone a wonderful and safe summer. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Memorial Day celebration.it