Contra Costa County’s Board of Supervisors honored veterans and invited the community to the 101st annual Veterans Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in Board Chambers at 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA.
This celebration event featured a color guard ceremony, a special presentation, and keynote speaker Jeffrey Jewell, U.S. Air Force Veteran who recently retired as the Director of the Concord Vet Center. He has served veterans across Contra Costa County.
“Spread the word. Share the incredible work. It is the responsibility of everyone to plant the seed. The seed for me was reading the book Fortunate Son by Lewis B. Puller,” said Jewell. “Today I challenge all of you and everyone listening on CCTV to plant the seed in your own way. There’s still a lot of work to be done, as veterans and their families need help. Our compassion. Our altruism. Remember that we can only have success through struggle. Let’s learn how to struggle together. Find success working together for this nation’s veterans. Words of Ronal Regan. Some people live an entire lifetime wondering if they have ever made a difference in this world, a veteran does not have this problem.”
Following the Veterans Day Ceremony in Board Chambers, the public continued the celebration at the Martinez Veterans Memorial Building at 930 Ward Street (corner of Court Street and Ward Street) in Martinez for lunch.