Local veterans were treated to a lunch Monday at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka in honor of their service.

Representatives from the American Legion and the National Guard attended the spaghetti luncheon along with approximately 30 Siskiyou County veterans and their families.

The Pledge of Allegiance opened the celebration, and shortly afterward, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey gave the opening speech.

Lopey, who served in the United States Marine Corps, United States Army National Guard and United States Army Reserves, told the audience that “freedom is not free.” “The moral courage of the free men and women of our military – our veterans and our military, and their families stand on that line between war and peace and protection versus destruction. You, our veterans, have always stood for honor, duty, country and service” Lopey said.

As such, Veterans Day is a special time to thank and recognize all military men and women for their courage and commitment to this nation, he said.

“I thank God that we have always had a military that has kept us safe and veterans who have provided the heart, soul, muscle and sinew which has always made our nation great,” Lopey said.

Once Lopey finished his speech, he introduced Victor Magdangal, the new Veterans Service Officer. Magdangal worked as a machinist in the military for many years. Magdangal was excited about the event and his new position. He looks forward to helping more Veterans connect with services that are available to them in their area.

“I want to try and keep up with the quality of service, but also reach more veterans to help them with claims through the VA,” he said.