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Veteran's Day Weekend in the Land of 1000 Dances

Service, music & survival of life are celebrated.

By Frankie Firkme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: November 13, 2013


Veteran's Day Weekend in the Land of 1000 Dances


Veteran's Day weekend was one of remembrance, renewed friendships, and respect‘«™and I thank all who remembered U.S. Military Veterans without the usual spewing of political & personal bantering that clog up a good occasion with distasteful personal agendas.

Also, it was the 238th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps, and I am proud to hold that title along with many other men & women of honor.

Parades & celebrations abounded throughout the Land of 1000 Dances on Monday, most notably in Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, City of Commerce, Montebello, and Mission Hills with high participation from the public.

Sadly, I met two men who had served in Viet Nam who related some bitter experiences to me, and wanted NOTHING to do with this weekend's celebrations. Both had been pretty shot up in battle, and treated harshly by the civilian population upon their return in 1969 & 1970‘«™so it is to these two men, and so many like them, that I truly say THANK YOU for your service at a time when it wasn't appreciated.

Of course, things kicked off hard & heavy Thursday with the East L.A. Latin All Stars bringing the Gente together for another great party at Gringo's Caf?ģ in Montebello on Whittier Boulevard to start the Holiday weekend.

Another great show for another great crowd laid the groundwork for the BIG ONE on Saturday, November 16th where such heavy talent as RAY CARRION, STEVE SALAS, RICHARD BEAN,SONNY DAYE,CUI-CUI RANGEL, MIKE JIMINEZ,VICTOR ORLANDO, HANK CASTRO, TONY HERNANDEZ, TEX NAKAMURA,DANNY SANTILLAN, THE TIERRA HORN SECTION, TONY BANDA, RUDY MORENO, DANNY SANTILLAN, AND THEE MR. DURAN , along with surprise guests are expected at GRINGO's. Tickets almost gone, but you can still cop a couple at 323-807-8054. Don't miss out‘«™you might not see his level of talent together for just $15.00 ever again.

Saturday night saw a big turnout for the Celebration of Life Event honoring Cancer survivors at the Backstretch Sports Bar located in the National Orange Show Sports Center in San Bernardino, put on by Monibee Enterprises and Latin Soul Productions.

Man! Some of the Inland Empire's best Chicano Rock talent came out and represented, starting out with LATIN FLAIR and The KINGS OF RHYTHM. Then, the SUICIDE KINGS came out gave us a musical treat from the early 70's, followed by Chicano Rapper/Actor ASSASIN & lady BELLA, who laid some fine soul-rap on us all. Then, ORIGINAL SACRIFICE featuring the lovely & talented MONIBEE HENLEY, came out and rocked the house and packed the dance floor. A fine video presentation, then some emotional testimony by survivors put everyone on alert that cancer had NO love lost here in the house tonight!

The closer of the show was the powerful BB WOLF, with special guest MALO's David "Chango" Chavez, who helped take it to the roof as BB WOLF closed the show in style, thanking most of the people involved who helped put on a great show and tribute to cancer Survivors everywhere.

Sunday , most of America celebrated the 238th U.S. Marine Corps Birthday, with formal Balls or parties happening all across the Country.

The East L.A. Eugene Obregon American Legion Post 804 put on a great party with food, ceremony, music, and dancing, and I was honored to meet Congress Woman Lucille Roybal-Allard, who personally thanked all the Veterans in the house while she joined us for dinner, and our hero for the day, WW II Marine Corps Veteran Mr. Albert Morales , 93 years young, who cut the traditional USMC cake as the oldest Marine in the house‘«™Ooorah, Brutha !

Monday was a day for celebration, parades, & appreciation‘«™but this ol' Vet celebrated by just relaxing in the comfort of his home, in the safety of his own neighborhood, enjoying the freedom of his Country, with the love of his lady at his side, as the day passed comfortably by without any effort or care in the World‘«™

‘«™and I felt appreciated that I had somehow contributed to this comfort in this FREE country of ours, along with millions of other men & women who call themselves VETERANS. .

Thank you!

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