Meet Mission Viejo's Military Veterans of 2012!

Salute to Veterans on Nov. 11, 2012 at 2 pm at Norman P. Murray Community Center.

The City of Mission Viejo will recognize Veterans on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11 at  2 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center.

The U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters Battalion First Marine Division will provide the Color Guard, rifle salute and taps. In addition, Colonel Joseph Russell will be the keynote speaker. Mission Viejo has adopted this Headquarters Battalion First Marine Division.

Musical entertainment will be performed by Dawn Wright, the “famed voice” of the Los Angeles Angels and the Anaheim Ducks along with the Southern California Children’s Advanced Chorus.

Residents Valorie Lephart and Bruce Hunt will be recognized as Female and Male Veterans of 2012. The City honor is designed to recognize those who served our country and continue to serve the community.

Lephart served in the Marine Corps from 1959 to 1970. At Camp Pendleton, she was the first woman computer programmer in the Corps. She also volunteered at the El Toro Marine Base’s Nearly New Shop and currently volunteers at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center for the “Grandparents Project.” 

Hunt served in the Marines from 1953 to 1957 as a drill instructor and squad leader. He later served in Korea as a radio operator calling in tactical air strikes.  Hunt is currently an active member in five different veterans’ organizations. He is the chair of the City’s Marines and Sailors Adoption Committee.

For more information, call 949-470-3061. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

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