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Veterans, with service going back to the World War II, were honored Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Hollister Community Center. Pauline Valdivia, former Hollister councilwoman, recognized the vets, who were being treated to lunch. The veterans were: Riccardo Valdez, Al Levano, Neal Pate, Roman Rodriguez, Roman Cristobal, Paul Jimenez, Ed Ballestero, Dolly DeVasier, John Goff, Ray Bray, Charles Valenzuela, John Johnson, Bernard Freitas, Clara Arballo and Ed Ordunez.

“We need to honor all of our veterans,” she told a crowd of mostly senior citizens in English and Spanish. “It’s so important to do because of all the sacrifices they made to keep our country free. We also need to honor the ones who didn’t come home and we need to remember them.”

Valdivia spoke of her brother, David, who was 21 when he died in Vietnam. She told the crowd that VFW Post 9242 Auxiliary was sponsoring the lunch.

DeVaiser, an Air Force veteran and a lifetime member and president for 29 years of the auxiliary, reminded everyone there would be a parade in downtown Hollister at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. She is one of the Grand Marshals for Saturday’s parade. “Also, around 11 o’clock there will be a ceremony in front of the Veterans Memorial Building,” she said.

DeVaiser said that VFW Post 9242’s goal is to help veterans. “That’s what this Veterans Day is all about,” she said.

John Chadwell worked as a feature, news and investigative reporter for BenitoLink on a freelance basis for seven years, leaving the role in Sept. 2023. Chadwell first entered the U.S. Navy right out of...