Fiestas organizers stopped the music in Plaza Park for an hour Friday morning to pay respect to the country’s veterans.
On the Fourth of July, a number of speakers told the audience to remember that the holiday meant much more than barbecues and fireworks — that it was a celebration of the nation’s freedoms.
John Garcia, the secretary of the state Department of Veterans Services, asked for veterans to raise their hands or stand up, and many did just that. Then he asked those around them to shake their hands to thank them for their service to the country.
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