California Honors Veterans with Vote Dedications
Happy Veterans Day! In California, citizens can honor veterans and active service members though California’s Honor Veterans. Vote. Program. The program gives California voters the opportunity to pay tribute and dedicate their vote to a veteran or active duty service member.
After the voter dedicates their vote in honor of a veteran or active duty service member, they can choose either a certificate or lapel pin. When choosing the pin, California’s Secretary of State office encourages voters to wear it as a display of their appreciation for all service members. The voter has the choice to send an email notification to the veteran or service member that they are attributing their vote to and share their thanks and dedication.
There were roughly 1.3 million active duty military and more than 800,000 reserve forces as of 2016. According to the data collected in May 2016, California was the state with the most active duty and reserve members of the military with 190,160 service members. California is also home to the greatest number of military bases in the United States with 47 military bases for the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.
The dedications can be viewed here. Among them are dedications from spouses, children, parents, grandparents, and other loved ones with heartfelt notes thanking them for their service.