TWENTYNINE PALMS — Music, words of wisdom, military hardware
and a free barbecue will all be part of the mix when the city of
Twentynine Palms plays host to this year’s Veterans Day
Adobe Road will be closed from Civic Center Drive to El Paseo
Drive for the Veterans Day tribute from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday,
Nov. 11, said Cindy Villescas, who is working to organize some of
the day’s events.
For veterans, firefighters and others who serve the community,
the day will begin before that, with free breakfast at the
Twentynine Palms Senior Center, on Adobe Road south of Twentynine
The Twentynine Palms Young Marines Mojave Vipers will serve
breakfast free to veterans, paramedics, law enforcement officers,
firefighters and their families from 8 to 10 a.m. said Diane Mann,
who is in charge of fundraising and public relations for the
“This is the third year,” she said of the free breakfast that
served 187 people in Yucca Valley last year, adding that elected
officials and others are also invited to eat.
“Anybody who serves the community,” she said.
The breakfast menu include biscuits and gravy, sausages, bacon
“We purchase the food,” Mann said. “We raise the money. We
purchase the food. All the cooking is done by the adult staff
members and all the serving and cleaning up is done by the
After breakfast, diners will be invited to join others in
front of Twentynine Palms City Hall and Veterans Park for static
displays of equipment from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat
Center, the Sheriff’s Department, the Twentynine Palms Fire
Department and Morongo Basin Ambulance.
The day will also see the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars
and Citizen Patrol set up information tables.
The day may also see a display of World War II memorabelia,
At 11 a.m., a ceremony featuring the Marine Corps Air Ground
Combat Center Band and color guard will begin in Veterans Park
north of City Hall.
After opening remarks by Twentynine Palms Mayor Jim Harris,
the guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. George W. Smith Jr. commanding
general at the Combat Center.
After the ceremony, Villescas said, everyone will be invited
to a barbecue, with hot dogs and hamburgers, sponsored by Joshua
Springs Calvary Chapel of Yucca Valley.
Groups interested in taking part in the observation are asked
to contact Villescas at (760) 367-6799.