With Veterans Day coming this week, the Hesperia Recreation and Park District is in the midst of preparing for its Veterans Day Ceremony.

On Friday, the Recreation and Park District, along with AMVETS, will honor veterans, nearly a century after President Woodrow Wilson first established Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919.

Now celebrated as Veterans Day, Hesperia residents can pay their respects to those who have served at Hesperia Lake at 11 a.m. Friday.

Anybody who has previously served or is currently serving in the U.S forces is encouraged to join the event in accordance to being honored. The ceremony will be held at the Hesperia Lake Park just as it has in the past years.

Hesperia Lake Park displays a war memorial dedication site where a flag pole currently stands surrounded by plaques representing major military disputes throughout U.S history. As well as the Blue Star Memorial By-Way plaque the Hesperia Garden Club, Hesperia City National Garden Clubs Inc. had added in 2008 in tributes to armed forces.

There will be two guest speaking at the ceremony, one of the speakers will be Brad Letner who is the CEO of the Hesperia Chamber Of Commerce. Letner had enlisted in 1986 then resigned his commission in 2001, although after 9/11 he had volunteered to return to active duty which he then did until he reached retirement.

“I feel honored to be asked to address the veterans and their families that will be there.” Letner said. “I would encourage anyone to seek out any observation because this ceremony is far from being the only one, go find a veteran and simply shake their hand and say ‘thank you’.”  

The second guest speaker will be Chris Danbeck who has served various leadership and staff positions throughout his 19 years of service. Danbeck has served as a platoon leader, executive officer, Troop Commander, and is currently the Commander of first Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Irwin.

Friends and family of the veterans and those who are currently serving are encouraged to join as well. The ceremony will be completely open to the public.

Hesperia Lake Park is at 7500 Arrowhead Lake Road in Hesperia. For more information, visit HesperiaParks.com or call 760-244-5488.