By Omar Reyes
Friends, family, students, and veterans gathered on the PCC Lawn on Tuesday, Nov. 10, to commemorate the life of Sgt. Alfred Garcia from the U.S. Marine Corps. who worked for LBCC, improving landscape with his horticulture education from Cal Poly Pomona.
The event sponsored by the PCC Cultural Affairs Committee coincided with Veterans Day. Bertha Lynn, chair of Cultural Affairs Committee at PCC said about 60-70 people attended the commemoration. In addition, Garcia’s wife and children were present as were his family and co-workers.
Garcia died Nov. 21, 2014. As of Wednesday, Nov. 18, his age and cause of death were not confirmed.
Abraham Ibrahim, 24, a computer science major, said, “I think it’s nice that they (the college) get to honor veterans. It’s a special day for them. It gives us a chance to go out and to thank veterans for everything they’ve done and to honor them.” Ibrahaim was so pleased that he would like more commemorative events.
Tents and tables were set up as part of the commemoration and participants were given free food and drinks and chance to honor Garcia. The cultural affairs committee assisted in serving food and with other accommodations.
Kenneth Jones, a member of the PCC Cultural Affairs Committee, spoke about Garcia. In his comments, Jones saluted Garcia as well as all the men and women who have served in the military.
Jones served in Operation Desert Storm and said, “This event is not just a regular Veterans Day event, it’s a commemorative for one of our own. It’s more like a family event because we have fellow workers, his wife, his son and other family members who are here.”
Jones said, “This is a day that should not be taken lightly because we all gave something.”
In addition, 20 LBCC veterans were honored during the Homecoming football game at Veterans Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 7.