Veterans Day in Simi Valley

A Veterans Day ceremony was held at Rancho Tapo Community Park in Simi Valley on Nov. 11. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Mike Davis, left, David Opfer, Hank Noorda and John Calderon of VFW Post 10049 fire a 21-gun salute during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11.

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Mike Davis, left, David Opfer, Hank Noorda and John Calderon of VFW Post 10049 fire a 21-gun salute during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Mike Davis of VFW Post 10049 leads the color guard by carrying the American flag during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11.

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Mike Davis of VFW Post 10049 leads the color guard by carrying the American flag during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers WWII veteran Manuel Medeiros of Simi Valley salutes during the Pledge of Allegiance during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11.

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WWII veteran Manuel Medeiros of Simi Valley salutes during the Pledge of Allegiance during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Wayne Wright, left, holds a portrait of Robert Shane Kilgore, a Navy Damage Controlman Third Class, as Gene Hostetler reads a biography about Kilgore's life during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11. Kilgore was mortally wounded after a fire broke out aboard the USS Midway in 1990.

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Wayne Wright, left, holds a portrait of Robert Shane Kilgore, a Navy Damage Controlman Third Class, as Gene Hostetler reads a biography about Kilgore’s life during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11. Kilgore was mortally wounded after a fire broke out aboard the USS Midway in 1990.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Army veteran Sal Ayala stands after being recognized for his service in the Army and his volunteer work with Disabled American Veterans during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11.

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Army veteran Sal Ayala stands after being recognized for his service in the Army and his volunteer work with Disabled American Veterans during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Haven Mikolski, 4, of Simi Valley waves the American flag as she sits with her mother, Lisa, during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11.

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Haven Mikolski, 4, of Simi Valley waves the American flag as she sits with her mother, Lisa, during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers 88-year-old WWII veteran John Hylan sings "God Bless America" with the crowd during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11. Hylan joined the Marines when his was 16 and served in the Pacific during WWII.

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88-year-old WWII veteran John Hylan sings “God Bless America” with the crowd during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Rancho Tapo Community Park and Veterans Plaza in Simi Valley on Nov. 11. Hylan joined the Marines when his was 16 and served in the Pacific during WWII.

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