Veterans were treated to a free luncheon on December 13 inside the Silverado High School gymnasium in Victorville, an event put on by the Don Ferrarese Foundation.
More than 1,700 military vets and their guests attended the Veterans Holiday Tribute. Students served the meals, and have a chance to talk one-on-one with a veteran, and learn about the sacrifices that have been made for their country.
Students greeted veterans as they arrived, holding up welcome signs they had made, as the guests walked under patriotic balloon arches.
Each former military person received a gold medal and lapel pin. They also received a care package from Operation Gratitude, and the group Quilts of Valar gave away more then 200 custom-made quilts.
An Andrews Sisters tribute group, A Penny A Kiss, entertained the crowd. Mama Carpino’s restaurant provided the meals, and other participants included the High Desert Young Marines and the Apple Valley High School ROTC.
Military vehicles and classic cars were on display, and a local teacher, Todd Anton, of Heritage Middle School was recognized by the Ferrarese Foundation for hosting of a similar event for 20 years in Phelan.