PHOTOS: Malibu Honors Veterans

The ceremony features a special flyover by the Point Mugu-based Black Eagles squadron, several speeches by military members of past and current wars and several patriotic songs at Legacy Park Sunday in Malibu.

Without veterans, freedom would have died long ago, a Calabasas Marine reservist said Sunday as part of a special Veterans Day ceremony in Malibu.

"I served and I'm a veteran," U.S. Marine Sgt. Sean Wax said at the event in Legacy Park. "I want to say: I thank you guys."

He asked citizens to take time to thank military members in the community.

"Without our veterans, freedom would have died a long time ago," said Wax, an active duty reservist who also serves in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department in South Los Angeles. He was deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008-09.

A fly over by the Black Eagles squadron started off the special event during a moving rendition of the National Anthem by award-winning singer, songwriter Karla Moxley.

Students from Our Lady of Malibu School also performed a special rendition of "America's Finest" and "God Bless America" while shaking veterans hands. Other performances included "I'm An American" by Kathy Bee, a rendition of "Heroes" by Mike Burke and a flag pin ceremony by Girl Scout Troop 2615.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Kevin Johnson was one of several active duty officers who shared why they volunteered to serve in the military.

"I serve to protect my family and my friends rights so they can have a life most don't have around the world," Johnson said.

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kumar Atarthi thanked veterans for their service.

"We know that there are soldier, sailors, airmen, Marines, coast guardsmen worldwide protecting us and defending us against an insidious enemy such as radical fundamentalism," Atarthi said, adding that members of the military are also on humanitarian missions around the globe.

steve dunn November 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM
This was a nice event. Thank you for honoring the veterans.
Tami Lyyn November 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Let us always remember why we are free. Thank you to all that have served and all those that are serving our country. God bless you.
Cece Stein November 12, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Steve Dunn, as a veteran yourself, Steve Woods and I honor you also!
Don Schmitz November 12, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I know I speak for the entire Chamber board and our members when I say that the Veteran's day celebration is one of our favorite events. With our own board member Captain Todd Watkins as the MC it was an inspiring and noble event, giving the community as a whole the opportunity to say a heart felt thank you to the men and women that have defended our freedom.


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