Carmel Del Mar honors community’s veterans

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 marked the end of World War I. It became known as Armistice Day and in 1954 officially became the Veterans Day holiday, observed Nov. 11 every year.

Carmel Del Mar School held a special ceremony on Nov. 7 to honor veterans in the school community, many of them parents and grandparents of the students. The veterans and current servicemen represented all branches of the military and included Vietnam War veterans, a Navy SEAL, a Marine Corps C-130 pilot and Navy F-18 pilot, military doctors and nurses and a Marine Corps prosecutor.

While the day was about honoring the men and women for their service, many of the veterans and current service members thanked their families for their support while they were away. The veterans said it meant a lot to them to be remembered — nearly all pointing out their grandchildren in the crowd.

The ceremony was put together by music teacher Cinda Peck, whose husband, Rod, was a pilot in the Navy, and her son, Logan, a CDM graduate, is now an F18 Navy pilot.