Dozens attended the Veterans Advocacy Network’s Veterans Movie Night in Santa Clarita Saturday evening.
The event kicked off with a Win & Cheese Reception followed by a barbecue dinner provided by members of the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge.
“It was a nice affair. We didn’t have as many people as we thought we were going to,” said Chuck Morris, founder of SCV Vets 4 Vets and a veteran of the Korean War. “The dinner that the Elks provided was terrific. The leftovers are going to the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center and hopefully the homeless. We’re going to hopefully be passing that out tomorrow.”
The event was held at the Canyon Theatre Guild in Old Town Newhall.
The movie, “To Hell And Back” is the true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history, according to IMDB. The movie is based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.
Murphy earned and received every decoration for valor from the United State plus five decorations presented by France and Belgium, according to the Audie Murphy Memorial website. He appeared or starred in 44 films and died in an airplane accident in 1971.
“The movie itself was terrific and it was a very nice affair,” Morris said adding that he hoped to have more people turn out at the next movie night. “It was something that veterans needed to see.”
Next Veterans Event: Knott’s Berry Farm “Military Tribute Days”
Santa Clarita veterans and their families are invited by Santa Clarita Transit representatives to take a free ride to Knott’s Berry Farm for free park admission.
The one-day, round-trip service on Saturday, Nov. 22 coincides with the theme park’s 25th annual “Military Tribute Days” promotion, which offers free park admission to all retired or active U.S. military veterans, plus one guest.
Residents and local veterans can board the one-day Santa Clarita Transit service at the Via Princessa Metrolink Station at 8:00 a.m. or the Newhall Metrolink Station at 8:30 a.m.
Riders can bring a donation of three canned goods to support the Santa Clarita Transit Holiday Food Drive to ride the bus for free.
Buses will depart Knott’s Berry Farm for Santa Clarita at 5:30 p.m.
Upon arrival at Knott’s Berry Farm, U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel will be required to present military ID or proof of U.S. military service to receive complimentary admission to the park.
Veteran, retired and active military personnel must be present.
Passengers under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information about Santa Clarita Transit’s one-day service to Knott’s Berry Farm, contact Santa Clarita Transit at (661) 294-1287 or visit the website.