Senator Morrell Now Accepting Nominations for Veterans Recognition Event

By Susan A. Neufeld

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – On March 9, 2018, Senator Mike Morrell (R- Rancho Cucamonga) will host the 5th annual Patriots of the Past, Present and Future ceremony at March Field Air Museum, in Riverside, CA, to honor individuals and organizations  for their commitment to our nation. The event is a unique opportunity to acknowledge  veterans, reservists, enlisted service members, and those groups that serve them, as well as highlight legislative issues impacting men and women in uniform.

Nominations are now being accepted in various categories. Individuals and organizations must be based in the 23rd Senate District.

“Patriots of the Past” and “Patriots of the Present,”; a selection committee will choose three finalists for each era in the following categories: Business, Education, Health Care, Public Safety, Civic Service, and Community Service.


Patriots of the Past – Retired veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eras of conflict in the 20th century, such as the Korean War or the Vietnam War.

Patriots of the Present – Currently enlisted service members, reservists, or veteran of recent conflict such as the Gulf War or Operation Iraqi Freedom. A Patriot of the present can also be a person, business, or organization that serves veterans in some capacity.

Patriots of the Greatest Generation –  are also being accepted, those who served in the military during World war ll.

Patriots of the future – Young men and women under the age of 21 are invited to participate, to share what patriotism means to them by submitting an online questionnaire and taking a photo with a veteran that includes a caption explaining why the veteran they have highlighted is a patriot. First, second, and third place winners will be recognized at the March 9th event, as well as receive a $100, $50, and $25 Amazon gift card, respectively.


Online forms for all categories are available at, including a parental consent form for participants under the age of 18.

For questions, or to obtain a paper nomination form, please contact Aryn Luna at (909) 919-7731 or


The deadline for submission for recognition is January 31, 2018.