“Veterans have made sacrifices on behalf of all Americans and their service should never be forgotten,” Rep. Xavier Becerra said Tuesday during a ceremony honoring student veterans at Cal State LA where he presented a flag that flew at the U.S. Capitol.
“It’s a privilege and an honor to be able to present this flag to all those warriors who are here at Cal State LA,” said Becerra, whose 34th Congressional District includes Eastside neighborhoods served by the university.
The flag was accepted by senior Thomas Lawson, a Navy veteran and president of the Cal State LA Student Veterans Organization.
Cal State LA President William A. Covino said the university owes a debt of gratitude to veterans.
“We are proud that they answered the call to serve in the armed forces and proud of their work on campus and in the community,” Covino said. “They demonstrate the meaning of our mission of engagement, service, and the public good.”
More than 500 veterans are enrolled at Cal State LA, which has been recognized by US News & World Report as one of the best public universities in the West for veterans. The University’s Veterans Resource Center, which sponsored the ceremony, specializes in offering academic support counseling, peer counseling and other services to student veterans.
The ceremony began with a moving rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by veteran and Los Angeles County firefighter Humberto Agurcia. The Valley Veterans Memorial Team, which is composed of local veterans, presented the colors.