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32nd Annual Brea Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

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At 6:45 a.m. sharp there were 350 people seated at the Brea Embassy Suites Hotel for the 32nd Annual Brea Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. A record-breaking number, noted Pastor David Rader of the Brea Baptist Church. Yes, it’s early, but judging by the attendance every year, it’s worth rising early for this annual event!

    As a veteran of the United States Navy, Mayor Ron Garcia’s prayer breakfast theme was “A Salute to the Greatest Military in the World,” with Special Guest: Admiral Vernon Clark, Chief of Naval Operations, retired. Also present were members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy along with veterans of foreign wars.

      At each table there was a flag noting honorable local war soldiers buried at Memorial Garden in Brea.

        The atmosphere was warm. At one point during the ceremony, the official rallying songs of each military branch represented at the event were played, while everyone sang along. In between prayer, each pastor poked light-hearted fun jokes at one another. And Mayor Ron Garcia who served with Admiral Vernon Clark followed suit, saying he was an enlisted scrub and Admiral Clark was a 01 buttercup Jr. officer.

          Guest speaker Admiral Clark spoke about the importance of day to day connections, saying that “God made us with a need to be connected.” He went on to say that 50-80% of workers in organizations are not connected and 80-90% are passively not committed.

            He also mentioned that the soldiers of today walk down the street proud whereas soldiers in the 60’s lived in a different America and were treated in a different way.

              And so, How wonderful we are to be a part of these changing times where we revere our soldiers so highly - and rightfully so. And in the room yesterday morning 350 people were connected in hope, spirit, and unity, which is a step in the right direction.

                After the ceremony, the Mayor led the patriotic procession outdoors to lay a wreath of honor by the War Memorial. It was a time to reflect and to say a prayer to all the military people who lost their lives while serving our country and to those who serve or haved served protecting our rights and freedom.

                  *Admiral Clark retired in 2005 after completing the Navy’s second longest tenure as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Admiral Clark was commissioned in August 1968. He served aboard naval destroyers and commanded the Carl Vinson Battle Group/Cruiser Destroyer Group Three, the Second Fleet, and the Atlantic Fleet. As Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Clark led the Navy through the initial phases of the Global War on Terrorism. The Navy he helped equip, train, and deploy overseas was key to the defeat of Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein’s army in Iraq.
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