On Wednesday November 11th our city will be celebrating and saluting our country’s veterans in our annual Petaluma’s Veterans Day Parade, one of the largest parades north of the Golden Gate. It will feature vintage war birds and sleek air racers flyovers in our “American Quintessential Hometown”. In our Petaluma searches this morning we ran into a photo of a young Sgt. Sheryl Wilhoit in a 2004 Getty Image inspecting her unit as shown below (who today is a Master Sergeant after serving for 19 years in the Marine Corp). This class of 1996 Petaluma High School graduate posted the featured image above on her facebook page yesterday. The portrait photo is significant in that it was taken during a ball celebrating the Marine Corp’s 240th birthday. It’s a nice reminder that we not only celebrate and salute our veterans, but also the young active men and women in uniform who serve our country everyday. When the opportunity presents itself we try to share stories about Petaluman’s in the military like our post and interview with Lt. Jaclyn Trosper entitled Saving and Raising Lives: An Interview with Lt. Jaclyn Cuevas Trosper.
When you hover over the photo below the Getty Image provides the following:
PARRIS ISLAND, SC – JUNE 22: Marine drill instructor Sgt Sheryl Wilhoit of Petaluma, California inspects her female recruits during training at the United States Marine Corps recruit depot June 22, 2004 in Parris Island, South Carolina. Marine Corps boot camp, with its combination of strict discipline and exhaustive physical training, is considered the most rigorous of the armed forces recruit training. Congress is currently considering bills that could increase the size of the Marine Corps and the Army to help meet US military demands in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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