On Friday, May 24, Valencia High School (VHS) hosted its 36th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony to pay tribute to all United States military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice during their service to the country.
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Board of Education members and administrators, as well as community members, local veterans, active military personnel, families, and students were all in attendance. Paul Berman, a retired Valencia teacher and United States Special Operations Forces service member, served as the keynote speaker for the event.
The VHS band and choral programs both took turns performing patriotic anthems including the National Anthem, Espirit De Corps, Armed Forces the Pride of America, Taps, and more.
At the end of the ceremony, Principal, Olivia Yaung, made mention of the District’s search for former students who may qualify for retroactive high school diplomas.
“PYLUSD may authorize these retroactive high school diplomas to former students who are veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and to former students who were interned during World War II,” Principal Olivia Yaung shared. Read more about this initiative here.
“To all who have sacrificed for our freedom and our country, we remember your service today. We honor you and continue to reflect upon the gifts you have given to us. Thank you for keeping us safe and protecting our way of life,” Principal Yaung mentioned in closing.