SHARE YOUR PICS: Beaumont Welcomes Home Vets, Celebrates Easter

Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to Noble Creek Park in Beaumont for the annual Easter egg hunt and to "welcome come" Vietnam veterans.

Easter came early for thousands of youth in Beaumont on Saturday, as they took part in a community egg hunt at a local park.

The Beaumont-Cherry Valley Recreation and Park District hosted its 20th annual Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Fling, starting at 10 a.m.  They also helped facilitate a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans celebration to honor local vets in the midst of the outdoor celebration.

Four area churches— Church for Family, Sunrise Church, Crown of Life Lutheran Church and Hope Community Baptist— provided 20,000 plastic eggs for kids, who were also invited to take part in a series of games and activities for the $1 entry fee into the event.

Entertainment included a martial arts demonstration and Polynesian dancers. Potato sack races and some rounds of the "hokey pokey" were also on tap.

The city also held ceremonies to commemorate Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, which was established with the signing of a proclamation by then- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009. The purpose is to broaden Californians' knowledge of the service and sacrifices of those who fought in Vietnam.

A flag ceremony and the singing of the National Anthem took place, and Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, and State Senator Bill Emmerson joined some of Beaumont's councilmen in paying tribute to the vets.

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