LANCASTER – The Lancaster Cemetery will host a Veterans Day ceremony this Friday to honor and celebrate veterans from all wars and conflicts.
The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the cemetery’s Veterans Court of Honor, located at 111 East Lancaster Boulevard in Lancaster. This event is free and open to the public.
The featured speaker will be Christine Yandek, who enlisted in the U.S. Army and established a near-20-year career of dedicated service. Yandek served three tours in the Iraq War (1st Infantry Div. and 82nd Airborne Div.) and earned her combat medic badge for performing the lifesaving duties of a medic while being directly engaged by hostile enemy insurgents. Yandek was hired by the contract security firm Blackwater at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. She is, to date, the only woman to serve at a U.S. embassy anywhere in the Middle East. Today Yandek is active with the American Legion, the Legion Auxiliary and the VFW. She is an advocate for arts therapy programs for veterans dealing with a multitude of issues, including PTSD. She is also a five-time national gold medalist – a featured veteran performer – in the VA’s National Creative Arts Festival and Competition.
Friday’s Veterans Day ceremony will also feature the Antelope Valley High School Navy JROTC, led by Sgt. Maj. Will Ward, presenting the Colors. Antelope Valley Blue Star Mothers will place the military service wreaths at the flagpoles, and Halley Olsen Murphy Funerals and Cremations will provide the refreshments.
For more information, contact Dayle DeBry at Lancaster Cemetery at 661-942-6110.
[Information via news release from Lancaster Cemetery.]