Cypress Place to Host 10th Annual ‘Salute Our Veterans’ Event June 27, 2018

Multitude of Ventura County Veterans to Be Honored at Special Ceremony

Ventura, Calif. – 92-year-old Ventura resident Jim Gordy remembers serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II like it was yesterday. Despite living through major events like D-Day, Hitler’s demise and the final days of the war, his most impactful memories involve the lessons he learned from his fellow service members. Now happily retired at Cypress Place Senior Living, one of his favorite occasions is the retirement community’s yearly Salute Our Veterans event, which recognizes former military personnel for their service and sacrifices.

Next week, Jim will be one of the many local veterans – both Cypress Place residents and members of the public – to be honored at the 10th annual event. The ceremony will commence at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, at Cypress Place’s 1200/1220 Cypress Point Lane campus in Ventura. The event is free and open to the public. 

“I’ve been part of the ceremony for all 10 years, and it’s always been a big deal for my wife and me,” said Jim, who’s among the approximately 558,000 living American World War II veterans. “Being celebrated is such a great experience. I’m very thankful for what they do to make us feel special.”

In addition to acknowledging veterans like Jim by name, Cypress Place will recognize the widows, widowers and parents of former service members. The occasion will also feature a military color guard presentation by the 1st Memorial Honors Detail. A retired bullet-riddled Bell UH-1 “Huey” medevac Army helicopter used in the Vietnam War, courtesy of Bryan Scofield Catering, will be on display, as well as personal service memorabilia belonging to Cypress Place residents and “Touching History,” a private war memorabilia collection by Tom Weaver.

“The Salute Our Veterans event is one of our community’s most cherished traditions,” said Steve Spira, Cypress Place executive director. “The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as citizens wouldn’t be possible without the bravery of the men and women who have served our country. It’s been an honor to share this small token of our appreciation for the past 10 years and counting.”

Captain Douglas W. King, chief staff officer for Naval Base Ventura County, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Other distinguished guests include County Veteran Services Officer Mike McManus, Ventura City Fire Chief David Endaya, Ventura Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Stephanie Caldwell, and nationally renowned Pipe Major Bill Boetticher, who’ll provide live musical entertainment.

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