Vietnam War veterans led the parade, followed by veterans from other wars and eras. Among the honored guests were Navajo veterans, including some who served as “code talkers,” using their language as a basis of codes to transmit secret tactical messages during World War II. Plans for the local parade were inspired by the national Welcome Home parade held Veterans Day 2005 in Las Vegas. Local Vietnam veterans and parade co-chairmen Gary Chapman and Ray Santana walked in the Las Vegas parade for U.S. soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen who came home from Vietnam more than 30 years ago to hostility or indifference. Local parade organizers had promised to give any money left over from the event to the veterans home. A check for $11,889, money donated by parade sponsors, was presented to Craft by Cliff Barth, commander of Quartz Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000, which co-sponsored the parade. QUARTZ HILL – As promised, organizers of a parade to welcome home Vietnam veterans donated nearly $12,000 Monday to the planned veterans’ home in Lancaster at 30th Street West and Avenue I. Groundbreaking for the home, to be named after the late state Sen. William J. “Pete” Knight, will be in June, with completion expected by the end of the year. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Tom Craft, chairman of the Lancaster Veterans Home Citizens Committee and a retired Navy captain wearing his “dress whites” for the occasion. “I was taught as a youngster that anything worthwhile is worth working for. Eventually everything will turn out all right.” About 2,000 veterans marched and rode in November down Lancaster Boulevard in the Antelope Valley Operation Welcome Home Parade to belatedly honor those who served in Vietnam. There were about 5,000 spectators. The money will go into a fund to provide veterans-home residents with things like vehicles to go on trips, televisions, radios and entertainment. A painting of a soldier praying, done on the day of the parade by artist Myron Mielke, was donated to the home by the artist. Also donated was a Navajo Nations Warriors Code Talkers banner that was carried in the parade. Craft, who served during the Korean War, said riding in the parade was a privilege. “Riding in that parade in uniform with other vets, to ride down Lancaster Boulevard and see all the people, grownups and children, brings tears to my eyes. We know this community loves its veterans,” said Craft, 75. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
New Delhi: The central government has reconstituted the Group of Ministers (GoM) on sexual harassment at workplace, with Union Ministers Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ as new members. The decision was taken on July 18 by the government, a statement issued on Wednesday read. “The government has reconstituted the Group of Ministers on Sexual Harassment at Workplace with members — Amit Shah, Home Affairs Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister, ‘Nishank’, Human Resource Development Minister, and Smriti Irani, Women and Child Development Minister,” it said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The GoM will continue to be given administrative support by the Home Ministry, it added. In 2018, the government constituted a GoM to examine the existing legal and institutional frameworks for dealing with matters of sexual harassment of women at the workplace. The GoM was chaired by then Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, with members being Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman and Maneka Sanjay Gandhi. It was set up to recommend action required for effective implementation of the existing provisions as well as for strengthening the existing legal and institutional frameworks for addressing issues related to sexual harassment at the workplace.