The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will host a special ceremony from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. today to honor the approximately 72,000 veterans who live in Alameda County and the millions of veterans throughout the U.S. for serving their country.
The ceremony will be held in the outdoor plaza in front of the County Administration Building, 1221 Oak Street, Oakland.
The ceremony will include a color guard, a special rendition of "Grand Ole Flag'' by fifth-grade students from Castro Valley Elementary School and the raising of a special United States flag. The flag was provided to Alameda County by the office of Congressman Pete Stark (D-13th) after it was flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. in September to honor Alameda County veterans. In recent days, the flag has been flown at five veterans' buildings owned by Alameda County.
"We celebrate, honor and salute our veterans," said Nate Miley, president of the Board of Supervisors. "These men and women are true heroes and deserve countywide recognition for their service and sacrifice."
Tuesday's ceremony will also feature an introduction and brief remarks from Mickey Gamich, 91, of San Leandro, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 that marked the beginning of World War II.
"Alameda County is home to nearly 100,000 Veterans who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy today,'" said Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who organized the ceremony along with Miley. "This event is to honor Alameda County veterans and their families for the sacrifices they have made to make this county, state, and country a wonderful place to live."
Pleasanton also will honor veterans with a parade n Main Street next Sunday. Veterans Day is a week from Friday, on Nov. 11.
Following the Alameda County ceremony, the county board will convene its weekly meeting on the fifth floor of the Administration Building.