Veterans Ceremony Presents Citizen Soldier Award

Story By: Ben Hensley, Sports Editor

Fresno City College will host their annual Veterans Day Ceremony Friday, Nov. 8 at noon in front of the Veterans Peace Memorial. Central Valley Honor Flight program will be honored specifically this year, with Honor Flight Vice President Paul Loeffler as keynote speaker.

The Central Valley Honor Flight pays tribute to veterans for their sacrifices by sending them on an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to visit their memorials. Priority for the honor flight is given to WWII veterans, but according to their website the program also honors veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars depending on available space.

This year’s Citizen Soldier Award will be presented to FCC Fire Academy Director Peter Cacossa.

After enlisting in the U.S. Army, Cacossa graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 2006 before serving in active duty for nine years, eventually achieving the rank of Captain.

This year’s ceremony will feature both the FCC Concert Band as well as City Singers, FCC student Kailyn Few performing the National Anthem, a salute to Armed Forces and more festivities.