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Culver Exchange Club Honors American Heroes to Support Homeless Vets

 

October 10, 2019



Homeless among America’s military veterans is national shame. Nowhere is this problem more every present than on the streets of Los Angeles. On any night in L.A. – including Culver City - 8,000 veterans are rough sleeping – huddled under bridges, hidden in the underbrush along our freeways or tucked unseen in trash strewn allies.

As it has with so many other community needs, the Exchange Club of Culver City is stepping up to address this sad and growing problem.

For the Veteran’s Day holiday weekend (Nov. 9-12), Culver Exchange is organizing a Culver Tribute to Heroes – Field of Valor. Along with its community partners the Culver City Chamber of Commerce and the City of Culver City – the Exchange Club hopes to plant 1,000 American flags at Veteran’s Memorial Park commemorate the sacrifice of American veteran’s, current military service members, fallen heroes, Gold Star Families and first responders. Individual flags can be sponsored by $50 each.

All profit proceeds from this event will go New Directions for Veteran’s – a non-profit group run by veterans to serve fellow veterans in need.

Each full-size flag will be mounted on an eight-foot standard with a yellow showing the name of the person to be honored and an insignia designating their branch of service. Flag sponsors will be encouraged to post personal notes, mementos or photos of those being honored on each flagpole. A full list of the honorees will be published.

The flags will remain on display through the Veteran’s Day weekend with an opening ceremony to be held on the steps of Culver City Veteran’s Auditorium at 10 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 9.

“Everyone knows someone who has served and sacrificed to safeguard our way of life,” said Earl Eskridge.

Eskridge, 92, is a Navy veteran, Past President of Exchange and one of the honorary co-chairs for Culver Tribute to Heroes.

“Each of our heroes deserves to be recognized and remembered. The truly great thing is that all the profits from this event will help us in our push to end the tragic cycle of homelessness for America’s Vets,” said Eskridge.

Businesses or individuals can sponsor blocks of flags starting at the “Bronze Hero” level of $500 all the up to “Platinum Hero” at $10,000. “This is a terrific way for our local businesses to support our heroes while addressing the critical problem of homelessness among America’s Vets,” said Colin Diaz, president and CEO of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce. “At the Culver City Chamber, we really hope that our entire business community gets behind this important effort.”

All higher-level sponsors for this event will receive special recognition.

To learn about becoming flag sponsor or about the opening ceremonies visit CulverTribute.org. To find out more about New Directions for Veterans, visit NDVets.org. This Veteran’s Day – thank your heroes and help end homelessness for America’s Vet by sponsoring a flag.

 

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