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Welcome to the City of Los Angeles'
First Annual
Veterans Appreciation Festival
2012

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The City of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa,Councilmember Joe Buscaino and the Port of Los Angeles are proud to present the First Annual City of Los Angeles Veterans Appreciation Festival.  Please join us to show our appreciation for all that this nation’s veterans have done to protect our freedoms.  This free festival is for the whole family and will include live music, a resource fair, a kid’s zone, free food and loads of activities!

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Saturday, November 10
 1 to 4 p.m.
in front of the USS Iowa
at the Port of Los Angeles

Click here for 2012 event flier.


Activities

The USS Iowa will be Free to Veterans all weekend.
A limited number of free veteran family tickets will be
available at the festival on a first-come first-served basis.

Join Us for these Family Friendly Activities!

1 - 4 p.m.

• Resource Booths
• Free Food
• Kids Fun Zone
• TransPORTer - interactive exhibit
• Mobile VA
• Free Rides on the Red Car
• Free Shuttle to Downtown San Pedro
Click here for event flier

Schedule

 

Welcome to the City of Los Angeles
Veterans Appreciation Festival!

Today’s Festivities
1-4 PM

 

All Day:
Veterans Tour the USS Iowa for Free
Resource Booths
Free Food!
Kids Zone fun
TransPORTer Interactive Exhibit
Mobile VA                 
Free rides on the Red Car
Free shuttle to downtown San Pedro
Music by DJ Bella Bleu

A special preview of the BONES episode “The Patriot in Purgatory” (airing Mon., Nov. 12 at 8PM on FOX) will be screening on the USS Iowa at the following times: 12 PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM. The screening is free and open to all USS Iowa visitors (space is limited for each screening and on a first come/first served basis).  

On The Main Stage:

1:00 PM
- Emcee Josefa Salinas Kicks Things Off!
- Patriotic Harley Riders Roar into the event!
- The Swing of Things Band with the Peoples Place & Palace Dancers
- Special screening of Fox Television show “Bones” on the USS Iowa

1:30 PM
- Presentation of the Colors by California State Military Reserve Color Guard
- Pledge of Allegiance lead by Purple Heart Recipient  Louis Dominguez and Veterans Appreciation Festival Committee
- Nation Anthem Sung by New Directions Veterans Choir
- Invocation by Major Chris Fowler

1:40PM
- Official Program including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Joe Buscaino, and Congresswoman Janice Hahn

2:00PM          
- Special screening of Fox Television show “Bones” aboard the USS Iowa

2:10PM
- New Directions Veterans Choir

2:20PM
- Rock for Vets Band

2:50PM
- Kelly Zirbes

2:55PM
- The Riptides Band

3:00PM          
- Special screening of Fox Television show “Bones” aboard the USS Iowa

3:15 PM
- Performance by Soke Grand Master Takayuki Kubota &
The International Karate Association

3:25PM
- Pete Escovedo Band

4:00PM
- Special screening of Fox Television show “Bones” aboard the USS Iowa
- Event Closed

Resource Fair Participants

We are proud to present a variety of resource providers for our veterans. Be sure to visit these booths for more information on the services they provide

24 Foundation
AARP
Abraham Lincoln University
American Legion
Arts Institutes System of Schools
California Dept. of Veterans Affairs
California National Guard
California State Univ. - Dominguez Hills
CareMore
CDD Harbor Region & Car Seat Program
City Housing
Compton Central Health Clinic
Congresswoman Janice Hahn
Councilmember Joe Buscaino
DeVry Technical Institute
Employment Development Department (EDD)
Goodwill of Southern California
Got Your Back
Habitat for Humanity - Greater LA
Harbor Community Clinic
LA County Department of Mental Health
Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles Police Department
Lowe's home Improvement Warehouse
Montford Point Marine Association
Portraits of the Fallen
Puente Learning Center
Recovery at Sea
Riverside Sheriffs Department
Rock for Vets
RPM Mortgage
RWM Fiber Optics
Salvation Army
Southern California Quilts of Valor
State Senator Rod Wright
Team American Vets
The Soldiers Project
TM Tribal TANF
UCLA Operation Mend
United States Veterans Initiative
University of LaVerne
University of Phoenix
US Army Recruiters
US Naval Sea Cadet Corps
USC School of Social Work
VA Greater LA Healthcare System - Homeless Vets
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Volunteers of America - Greater LA
West LA Veterans Administration


Thank You To Our Sponsors


Veteran's Celebration Festival 2012

Presented By
Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Councilmember Joe Buscaino
Port of Los Angeles

Five Star
Tesoro

Four Star
Bank of America
Bones - Fox
United Way

Walmart

Three Star
APM Terminals
BNSF
SEIU Local 721

Coca Cola
YTI

Two Star
Los Angeles World Airports
Pacific Harbor Line

One Star
Phillips 66
Plains All American Pipeline
Valero
Rancho LPG Holdings
VOPAK
WBCT

Partners
Alvas Music
Community Development Department
Crowne Plaza
DJ Bella Bleu
Hot 92.3 FM
Legendary
Pursuit of Excellence Institute
Recreation and Parks Department
Rock the Vets
Taco Nazo

Click here for 2012 event flier.

Parking


Click here for parking map

Free Parking
with a shuttle to the event is located at 22nd Street and Sampson Way in San Pedro.

Paid Parking at $1 per hour is available at the Cruise Terminal at Harbor Blvd. and Swinford Street.

Additional Free Parking is available in the area, however SHUTTLE SERVICE IS ONLY PROVIDED AT THE 22nd Street and Sampson Way lot.

Click here for 2012 event flier.


San Pedro Specials

Crafted at the Port of LA is offering free parking to veterans and active-duty service members all weekend as well as an annual pass.
Click here for parking pass
.

Maral Designs is offering 10% off during the Veterans Appreciation Festival event.
Click here for more information.

 

Thank You to Our Volunteers

Thank you to all of the volunteer committee members who have worked to bring the First Annual City of Los Angeles Veterans Appreciation Festival to reality:

Paul

Mock

Military Child

Vanessa

Aaron-Seymour

Humana

Theresa

Adams Lopez

Port of Los Angeles

Ernie

Aguilar

AMVets

Joe

Ahn

Northrop Gruman-Redondo Beach

Regina

Amos

Auxillary Amvets Post 48

Caroline

Anderson

Employment Development Department

Sarah

Andrews

Community Member

Christine

Apa

24 Foundation

Martin

Barragan

The Vet Hunters Project/Basset Adult School

Becky

Beach

USS IOWA

Alison

Becker

Councilmember Joe Buscaino's Office

David

Behar

ION

Linda

Benoit

Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Nancy

Berglass

Center for a New American Security

Lina

Berrio

UCLA Welcome Back Veterans Center

Sandra

Bradley

San Pedro Chamber of Commerce

Tennell

Brady

The Military Order of the Purple Heart

Maria

Brooks

Pacific Battleship-USS IOWA

Eric

Brubaker

American Red Cross LA Region--Torrance

Karl

Calhoun

Volunteers of America

Rafael

Castellanos

Volunteer Los Angeles

Martin

Chacon

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2967

Olivia

Chavez

Chavez Assessment Corp.

Jim

Clarke

Mayor Villaraigosa's Office

Mark

Contreras

Boys and Girls Club

Irene

Cruz

American Legion CA

Marianne

Davis

West LA VA Healthcare Center

Deedra

DeCoster

Employment Development Department

Julie

DeLaMora

Employment Development Department

Michael

Dolphin

Employment Development Department

Luis

Dominguez

Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council and VFW

David

Eder

Community Development Department

Benjamin

Esquivel

Chavez Assessment Corp.

Mark

Flaisher

Community Member

Larry

Frank

Mayor Villaraigosa

Carl

Frierson

Employment Development Department

Yolanda

Fuentes Miranda

Mayor Villaraigosa's Office

Ernesto

Garcia

Managed Care Solutions

Evelyn

Garcia

United Way

Veronica

Garcia

Habitat for Humanity

Michael

Gatanz

Peoples Place & Peoples Palace

Nathan

Graeser

USC Center for Research on Vets and Military Families

Katherine

Gray

San Pedro Conventions Visitors Bureau

Scott

Gray

San Pedro Conventions Bureau

Jacob

Haik

Councilmember Joe Buscaino's Office

Heather

Harris

Military Women in Need

Anthony

Hassan

USC Center for Research on Vets and Military Families

Clarence

Hatcherson

Employment Development Department

Elizabeth

Heger

The Soldiers Project

Tamiko

Hirano

Transportation Foundation of LA, Bob Hope Patriotic Hall

Ricardo

Hong

Mayor Villaraigosa's Office

Bill

Hoston

Transportation Foundation of LA-Patriot Hall Bob Hope

Gentry

Humphrey

Employment Development Department

Tanya

Humphrey

Vets on the Move

Rex

Jennings

Long Beach VA

Jan

Kain

Peoples Place & Peoples Palace

Victoria

Kane

PortFolio Hotel and Resorts

Sareena

Kanji

Habitat for Humanity

Rebekah

Kim

Supervisor Don Knabe's Office

Bob

Kurkjin

USO Greater Los Angeles

Brenda

Lamothe

Mayor Villaraigosa's Office

Joe

Leal

The Vet Hunters Project

Laura

Lechtenberg

Puente Learning Center

Doane

Liu

Councilmember Joe Buscaino's Office

James

Maddox

Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.

Lidia

Manzanares

Mayor Villaraigosa's Office

Mark

Mariscal

Department of Recreation and Parks, City of LA

Ripsime

Markaryan

Managed Care Solutions

Alonzo

Martinez

National Guard-Long Beach

Marvin

Martinez

Harbor College

Donny

McGuire

Vets on the Move-Carson

Frank

McIlquham 

The Rock Club & Rock for Vets

Kim

McManus

Habitat for Humanity

Andrew

Mikiel

Shadow Hills Riding Club

Kyle

Miles

US Vets Post 48

Robert

Miller

Growfoods Inc.

Kenneth

Milligan

Department of Veterans Affairs (Vets to Vets)

Romeo

Mira

Volunteer Los Angeles

Jacob

Motta

Mayor Villaraigosa's Office

Claudia

Munson

US Vets-Long Beach

Barbara

Musella

USO Greater Los Angeles

Juanita

Naranjo

Harbor College

Elder

Natareno

Vet Center, Gardena

Stephen

Nelson

Fort MacArthur Museum

Jeff

Norman

The Veterans Project

Lora

O'Connor

CitizenGlobal

Nancy

Olson

Volunteers of Los Angeles

Torie

Osborn

Mayor Villaraigosa's Office

Stephen

Peck

US Vets

Elmer

Peyes

Army

Anthony

Pike

IAVA-Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Anthony

Pirozzi

Boeing

Tyler

Platt

Habitat for Humanity

Anthony

Quezada

AMVets Post 33-Wilmington

David

Reich

Mayor Villaraigosa's Office

Angie

Reyes

Senator Curren Price

Rudy

Reza

Goodwill Veterans Employment Program

Paul

Rieckhoff

IAVA-Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Natalie

Rodgers

Congresswoman Janice Hahn's Office

Cynthia

Ruiz

Port of Los Angeles

John

Salcedo

Los Angeles City Films

Khan

Sandor

Army

Cheryl

Schaffer

Veterans Affairs Commission, City of Carson

James

Schickel

California Department of Veterans

Stella

Sepulveda

Community Development Department

Brigitte

Slayton

New Directions Inc.

Shana

Smith

Got Your Back Network

Jaren

Sorkow

Volunteer Los Angeles

Frank

Stokes

Vets on the Move

Stephanie

Stone

Los Angeles County Veterans Commission

Carol

Tanenbaum

The Soldiers Project

Connye

Thomas

EDD

Denise

Thomas

Workforce Investment Board (WIB)

George

Thompson

Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council

Anthony

Tran

Navy

Marifrances

Trivelli

Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Tiffany

Tudyk

ION

Blas

Villalobos

US Vets

Mellanie

Villarreal

The Vets Hunters Project

Bill

Walles

Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce

Orlando

Ward

Volunteers of America

Debora

Weaver

VA Long Beach

Rick

Whearty

Recovery at Sea

Patricia

Whelan

Councilmember Joe Buscaino's Office

Ann

Wiker

Chase

Ron

Williams

Cloudbreak Communities

Barri

Worth

Mayor Villaraigosa's Office