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Sen. Mike Morrell now accepting nominations for veterans’ recognition event


Last updated 1/15/2018 at Noon

RIVERSIDE – Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, will host the fifth annual Patriots of the Past, Present and Future ceremony, 5:30 p.m., March 9, at March Field Air Museum in Riverside to honor individuals and organizations for their commitment to the nation.

The event is a unique opportunity to acknowledge veterans, reservists, enlisted service members and those groups that serve them, as well as highlight legislative issues impacting men and women in uniform.

Nominations are now being accepted in various categories and the submission deadline is Jan. 31. To be considered, individuals and organizations must be based in the 23rd Senate District.

For “Patriots of the Past” and “Patriots of the Present,” a selection committee will choose three finalists for each era in the following categories: Business, Education, Health Care, Public Safety, Civic Service and Community Service.

“Patriots of the Past” include retired veterans who served in the Armed Forces during the 20th century conflicts such as the Korean War or the Vietnam War. “Patriots of the Present” include currently enlisted service members, reservists or veterans of recent conflicts such as the Gulf War or Operation Iraqi Freedom. A “Patriot of the Present” can also be a person, business or organization that serves veterans in some capacity.

Additionally, nominations are being accepted for “Patriots of the Greatest Generation,” those who served in the military during World War II.

Young men and women under the age of 21 are also invited to participate as “Patriots of the Future” to share what patriotism means to them by submitting an online questionnaire and taking a photo with a veteran that includes a caption explaining why the veteran they have highlighted is a patriot. First, second and third place winners will be recognized at the spring event as well as receive a $100, $50 and $25 Amazon gift card, respectively.

Online forms for all categories are available at, including a parental consent form for participants under the age of 18.

For questions or to obtain a paper nomination form, contact Aryn Luna at [email protected] or (909) 919-7731.


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