Tri-Valley Community Television highlighted former military service members in its new "Spotlight on Veterans" program airing and streaming now, keeping the focus on their importance and contributions during what was a unique Veterans Day amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Absent this year was the annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony through downtown Pleasanton, canceled for health and safety reasons during COVID-19. But local residents, public agencies and organizations worked to make sure veterans were recognized on the holiday Wednesday and throughout the week.
"Pleasanton has always supported our veterans community through the city's veteran resource center and liaison, to the partnership with the Veterans Memorial building, Veterans Memorial at the Pioneer Cemetery, and of course the annual parade that is organized by our local veteran groups," Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne told the Weekly.
"While we cannot gather for a parade in person this year, I am thrilled and honored as a veteran myself, that TV30 has produced a special tribute to Pleasanton's veterans, as well as all the service men and women who have served our nation," Thorne added.
"Spotlight on Veterans," a half-hour television special produced by TV30, features a prerecorded flag-folding ceremony with a local military veteran colorguard at Pioneer Ceremony followed by host Chantel Woys interviewing (remotely) several local veterans to share their personal stories of service.
The episode aired on TV30 throughout the day on Wednesday and is streaming live on tv30.org.
TV30 also highlighted veterans during this month's segment of its magazine show "Slice of Life," which is available to view online as well.