Honoring Veterans on Main Street

It’s just a way to say thank you. As we prepare for Veterans Day this year, OCEA is seeking out opportunities to show our support for the men and women who sacrifice so much to keep us safe. These are the veterans of our armed forces who elected to take on the awesome responsibility of defending this great nation, its people and its principles. We found a small way to express our appreciation to veterans by helping to maintain the banner under which they fought.

OCEA President Lezlee Neebe and OCEA staff members Aaron Peardon and Denise Velasco participated in a special project on a recent Saturday morning—replacing the weathered American flags that fly over Garden Grove’s Main Street. OCEA got involved after a request from the Garden Grove Main Street Association was forwarded by Sen. Janet Nguyen. There are 20 flags flying along the historic street and  OCEA provided another 20 to replace those as they become worn or damaged. Volunteers formed two teams making the replacement process go smoothly and quickly. The non-profit Garden Grove Main Street Association’s Scott Weimer said the Saturday morning event would not have happened without the support of OCEA, which represents both the Garden Grove City Employee Association and the Garden Grove Employees League.

This is just one of many efforts statewide by Labor to honor our veterans year round. Veterans + Labor: Partners in Service was launched in 2013. Far too often, our nation’s veterans don’t receive the support they’ve earned or the services they need when returning home. California’s labor unions are taking the lead to change that. On Veterans Day, workers are bringing the community together to say “thank you” to our nation’s heroes. You can learn more about all of the wonderful events, service projects and celebrations planned for Veterans Day, 2015 by logging on to www.veteransandlabor.com. This year’s Veterans Day Event on November 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa will feature a special commemoration on the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Join us as Labor partners with community groups to honor our veterans. In the meantime, Old Glory will continue to fly over Main Street in Garden Grove. It’s just one way for us to say thank you.