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Local military veterans are honored

SEVERAL MILITARY veterans were honored at the Day of Service in Westminster. Councilman Sergio Contreras is at right.

Westminster City Councilman Sergio Contreras honored four local veterans Saturday during the first annual Day of Service Honoring Those Who Served today. The event featured a community clean-up of Hoover Street followed by a recognition ceremony, aimed at showing respect for the streets our veterans fought to protect with their honorable service in the armed forces.

“I wanted to bring the community together in a day of service to honor those who have served our country,” Contreras said while picking up trash along Hoover Street. “This way we can show respect for the homeland that these brave men and women risked their lives to protect. Our veterans deserve the best and today we get to show them our respect for their contributions.”

The Day of Service Honoring Those Who Served was attended by 60 community members who joined forces to clean up 2 ½ mile stretch of Hoover Street – removing debris, and trash along the thoroughfare.

Following the community cleanup, Councilmember Contreras led a small ceremony honoring 4 local veterans, including:

  • Andy Timko – U.S. Army, Vietnam War Veteran, Infantry 1st log unit
  • B.J. Savage – United States Marine Corps, Korean War Veteran
  • Gabriel Sanchez – United States Marine Corps, 4th Light Armored Recon Battalion –Deployed 2003 Operations Iraq Freedom.
  • James Harold Goble – 97-year old World War II veteran – Prisoner of war, Purple Heart recipient.  Government of France recently awarded the Legion of Honor award

Sponsors sought for college grad reception

The City of Garden Grove is looking for businesses and organizations to sponsor the 2018 Garden Grove College Graduates’ Reception, a program aimed at highlighting local college graduates and promoting higher education in the community. The private reception is hosted by the Garden Grove City Council and takes place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Garden Grove Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave.

Sponsorship benefits include an invitation to the private event; recognition in the City’s promotional campaign including social media and website; and business name and logo on the invitation and program.

Sponsors can choose from three sponsorship levels: Master’s Sponsorship of $1,500+; Bachelor’s Sponsorship of $750+; and Associate’s Sponsorship of $300+. In-kind donations are welcome.

The deadline to become a sponsor is Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Contact the City’s Office of Community Relations at (714) 741-5280 or by email at

Family Fun Carnival set for Nov. 12

Bob Hope USO will honor the Month of the Military Family with a Family Fun Carnival on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Garden Grove Elks Lodge.
The fun includes games, prizes, dancing, food, live entertainment and more. This event is free for service members and their immediate families only. Proper military ID is needed to enter the event.
Garden Grove Elks Lodge is located at 11551 Trask Ave., Garden Grove. For more information, please contact Bob Hope USO Orange County at (949) 252-0303. For sponsorship opportunities, email





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