Hundreds of community members clutching American flags packed McCambridge Park on Monday as elected officials honored generations of men and women who've fought wars to defend the United States.
“You are our heroes,” a kindergartner at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic School chirped into the microphone, just before she and her classmates sang “God Bless the USA” for the crowd.
At Burbank's annual Veterans Day Ceremony -- hosted by the Burbank Veterans Committee and the city on the day after the actual holiday -- officials commemorated service members from each branch of the military: the Army, Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
“This is your day -- enjoy it,” said Burbank Veterans Committee Chair Mickey DePalo, just before Burbank High School's Gentlemen Octet sang the national anthem.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) recalled a young marine he met who was returning home from a 16-month stint overseas, only to have his wife be deployed shortly after. He remembered the sergeant who, whenever he heard a Honda Civic car door slam, thought it sounded like a mortar explosion and “felt like hitting the deck.”