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Members of the Sultana High School JROTC stand watch as Larry Thompson of AMVETS Post 2007 addresses the crowd at the 2011 Veterans Day ceremony at Hesperia Lake Park.

Veterans to be honored Saturday

From the bitter cold of Greenland to the steamy jungles of Vietnam, retired veteran Capt. Leroy Milton braved the elements as he served his country with the U.S Air Force for 24 years.

“Veterans Day reminds me that I diligently served my country with no questions asked,” said Milton, 67, a High Desert resident who was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses, three of which were for heroism, and 11 Air Medals.

The Hesperia Recreation and Park District will join forces with AMVETS to honor veterans like Milton during a ceremony of remembrance at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hesperia Lake.

“Every year, the park district does a wonderful job honoring our brave men and women who have served our country,” said Bob Chandler, vice president of the park board.

There will also be a color guard, a 21-gun salute and songs sung for each of the branches of the military.

“People forget that females are veterans, too,” said Milton’s wife, Diane, 61, a retired veteran with the U.S.A.F. who earned the rank of Staff Sgt. and was stationed at George Air Force Base.

“Hesperia Recreation and Park District wishes to thank AMVETS and Larry Thompson for their willingness to make certain our veterans are remembered,” Park District Supervisor Steve Hamm said. “The annual event typically draws a good-sized crowd.”

Hesperia Lake Park is at 7500 Arrowhead Lake Road. For more information, visit www.HesperiaParks.com or call the district office at (760) 244-5488.

— Intern Deloris Comford contributed to this report.


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