Nearly 120 recruits for the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard were sworn in together Tuesday morning at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel — the largest such combined ceremony, organizers said.
Celebrities may have brought the paparazzi, but the focus in the ballroom was on the accomplishments and sacrifices of the nation's veterans and 117 new recruits ready to serve their country.
Recruiting offices for all four branches in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding area brought their recent volunteers to the ceremony for the Annual Veterans Celebration Breakfast, presented by the California Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Alliance.
The event attracted a crowd of 400, including disabled veterans from World War II, and wars in Korea, Vietnam and current conflicts. Also in the audience were stars such as Dennis Haysbert from "The Unit," Doris Roberts from "Everybody Loves Raymond," Joe Mantegna from "Criminal Minds" and David James Elliot from "JAG" among over 30 celebrities in attendance.