El Cajon, CA
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Articles by Albert H. Fulcher

The streets of El Cajon lit up well before the traditional lighting of its Christmas tree located in the heart of downtown. Thousands joined the city for the day in celebrating Small Business Saturday, holiday events at the Prescott Promenade Park and the tree lighting ceremony in the early evening.

As I sat in the back of the room waiting for the local Pearl Harbor Survivor Carnation Chap. 3 San Diego Installation, I watched as the president walked around the room greeting members with a luminous smile and hugs. As he headed towards me, I stood tall ready to salute, but before I could, he grabbed me and gave me an immense hug finer than any firm handshake I have ever received. I was instantly moved as this hero, this survivor’s firm hold on me left me filled with his love of life, resilience and compassion.

Thanksgiving is here and Christmas is quickly approaching. Part of me inside went into a panic with the realization that once again, the holiday season has snuck up on me and many things are left to accomplish. Once again, my grand ideas of being ready for the holidays well before they hit just did not happen. That being said, there is much to do and I am sure that I am not alone, and there are many finding themselves in the same situation.

It is a national completion put on by the National PTA/PTSA, starting here at the local district level. Artwork comes from most of the schools in the Lakeside School District and is shown at the District’s office.  Jessica Webb, Lakeside Union School District volunteer coordinator for the PTA/PTSA Reflections Art Program said the top 10 in each category are judged to move on to San Diego County and progresses up to state, and then national.

When you think of Middle Eastern cuisine, El Cajon is the first place in East County that most people think of as the go-to place. But a small family owned business in Spring Valley, The Edge Mediterranean Grill, rivals any Middle Eastern restaurant that I have visited in East County with its fresh food, remarkable recipes that come from a variety of Middle Eastern regions and its casual family atmosphere.

It’s a story of the horrors of war, protecting a way of life, a culture, a peoples land, and of healing of the people of the Navajo Nation that played a prominent role in defeating the Japanese in World War II. It’s also a work of history of the Navajo men that volunteered their service in a way that has significant historical value. This is the 15-year journey through history, created by Dr. George A. Colburn, tells the untold story of the Navajo Code talkers through a moving educational documentary.

This has been a hectic week, and with our breaking story on Sons of Charity I have received a lot of comments and complaints that we are out to destroy a wonderful organization and especially accused of attacking a phenomenal man who has touched the heart of many people in his undying love and commitment in helping children with cancer. I have to say that this has been the most difficult story to cover as myself, and writer Ana Nita have always held such high respect for what Sam “Diego” Mejia has done in our community.

It is a fine tradition that we take a day each year to honor our veterans that have fought for our freedom throughout the decades and in this day and age we have more living veterans in American history. I am thankful for those especially that take the time to honor these veterans every day with hard work, diligence and respect to those that served. There are many events this week all over East County that are taking the time to honor our heroes that served both during peace, conflicts and war in many ways. As a veteran, this means a lot to me personally.

Huge Afros, psychedelic jumpsuits and a lot of bling to go along with the many incredible designs made and evening of disco into a fun filled charity event benefitting the many in East County and beyond that are struggling with cancer.

Working with a community paper is rewarding in so many ways. I love the fact that our focus is more on the people and organizations in the community instead of the daily stories that you hear in major newspapers and local news broadcasts. Not that I am knocking them, they serve a vital purpose in our community and without them, many of us would be uninformed about what is happening around San Diego County and beyond.