On Friday Nov. 10, the National Marine Corps’ birthday was celebrated across the country. Veterans, their families and supporters from Riverside County gathered in Murrieta, where the Field of Honor event was hosted by the Murrieta Rotary Club to honor veterans for their service.
This year the Marine Corps celebrated its 248th birthday and upheld the event’s tradition of cutting a birthday cake with a Mameluke sword. The first slice of cake was then presented to the guest of honor, the second slice to the oldest Marine present, and the third slice to the youngest Marine present.
Black Voice News accompanied Judy Harter, the wife of a Vietnam veteran, to the event. Harter, who said Veterans Day is her favorite day of the year, co-founded the nonprofit organization All From the Heart, after experiencing what she describes as a “wake up call” after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The organization provides power wheelchairs to any veteran in need.