County supervisors to honor veterans with ceremony

Tuesday event also marks 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is set to recognize the thousands of military veterans living in the San Ramon Valley and the rest of the county during its annual Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday morning.

The event, scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to noon during the board meeting in Martinez, aims to honor all Contra Costa County veterans. It also marks the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, the multi-nation effort to force Iraq to withdraw troops from Kuwait.

"Contra Costa County is home to more than 65,000 veterans, with 500 service men and women returning home to our area each year after completing their military service," county officials said. "The Board of Supervisors pays tribute and gives thanks each year to those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf."

The county's ceremony will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Vito Imbasciani, secretary at the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Imbasciani will talk about his time serving during Desert Storm and other conflicts as a colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1986-2014.

There will also be a presentation on the "Live-4-Box," a tool aimed at preventing suicide among veterans. Poet Bill Nelson, whose service in Vietnam influenced his style of writing and storytelling, will also offer a special reading.

The Board of Supervisors' ceremony will take place in the board chamber at 651 Pine St. in Martinez.

Nathan Johnson, county veterans service officer, will lead a meet-and-greet after the ceremony for local veterans to speak with Imbasciani at the nearby Veterans Memorial Building in Martinez.

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