Porter­ville’s pa­tri­o­tism shows

Porterville Recorder - - OPINION -

M ain Street on Satur­day, Veter­ans Day, was packed with thou­sands of peo­ple. The weather was nearly pic­tureper­fect as the town thanked its cur­rent and past veter­ans through the an­nual pa­rade, band-a-rama and tea.

The cel­e­bra­tion ac­tu­ally starts a cou­ple of weeks be­fore the big day with the Miss Porter­ville Pageant. The win­ner has the dual role of Miss Porter­ville and Veter­ans Day Home­com­ing Queen.

The week lead­ing up to Veter­ans Day a slew of ac­tiv­i­ties are held through­out the city, all in honor of veter­ans and all cul­mi­nat­ing with the Nov. 11 ac­tiv­i­ties.

Porter­ville has be­come known as one of the most pa­tri­otic towns in the Val­ley. Spend some time out­side of the area and you will quickly see that Porter­ville is ar­guably one of the most pa­tri­otic towns in Amer­ica.

Peo­ple cir­cle their cal­en­dars and come to Porter­ville to take part in its Veter­ans Day events.

Martin Silva, a U.S. Army vet­eran who served in Viet­nam was among the spec­ta­tors at Satur­day’s pa­rade.

“I al­ways come. It’s great. I love it. There’s a lot of sup­port for the veter­ans — peo­ple com­ing out and cheer­ing,” Silva said.

Silva, who was born and raised in Porter­ville, wore his army uni­form to the pa­rade in honor of sol­diers who lost their lives.

“I do it for them — to rec­og­nize them,” Silva said as his voice started to break. “I don’t do it for me. I do it for those who did not re­turn. I do it to honor them.”

Viet­nam vet­eran Ron Starr also en­joyed the pa­tri­otic pa­rade.

“I never miss these,” the el­derly vet­eran said of the pa­rades. “I’ve been at­tend­ing for more than 20 years. I re­ally love it and they do a good job. They go all out. I’ve never seen so many peo­ple come to the pa­rade. I think all of Porter­ville is out here.”

One can’t help but beam with pride as the city goes all out to honor its veter­ans. Today, Porter­ville we salute you.

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