From the desk of Mayor John McCann:
One of my biggest honors is serving in the Navy Reserves for 23 years. I
joined as a member of the enlisted ranks and did my initial training in Great
Lakes, Illinois. I later received my commission as a Naval Officer. After the
9-11 terrorist attacks on America and during the Global War on Terrorism, I
was mobilized to fight in the War in Iraq, serving in Mosul, Iraq. In addition,
during heightened tensions with North Korea in the Pacific, I served in
South Korea. While serving as Mayor, I continue to serve as a Commander
in the United States Navy Reserve.
Being from a Navy family and a Navy veteran, veterans issues are my
priority. The 2011 Census stated that more than 18,000 veterans have
settled in Chula Vista. We have the Veterans Park and Memorial Park,
along with the Chula Vista Public Library Veterans Wing. To honor our
veterans, the City named over 92 streets in the Sunbow, McMillin, and Otay
Ranch communities, in dedication of our fallen service members, who were
killed in action.
Veterans Home Foundation
I am proud to be a member of the Chula Vista Veterans Home Foundation
Board. I am an active member of Chula Vista’s veteran organizations,
including American Legion Post 434, VFW Post 2111, Fleet Reserve
Association Branch 61, Elks Lodge, and the Marine Corps League
Detachment 1207. All of these organizations do a tremendous amount of
good for fostering community.
Veterans Elementary School Parade
I will be attending the 17th Annual Veterans Elementary School Parade on
Friday, November 3rd at 9:00AM on 1550 Magdalena Avenue. I have been
attending the parade for several years, and every year, the parade gets
better and better. I recommend everyone try to attend this year’s parade to
honor our veterans.
Everyday is Veteran’s Day in Chula Vista, and be sure to thank a veteran
for their service whenever you meet one.