On February 25, monastics from Hsi Lai Temple were invited by the Regional Chamber of Commerce in San Gabriel Valley to lead the prayer at the “Salute to Heroes” Prayer Breakfast. Ven. Mankuang and Ven. Youheng attended the event on behalf of Abbot Ven. Huidong, and read the Fo Guang Prayer before breakfast.
This event was conducted to honor the heroes who serve in the community and for the nation, including policemen, fire fighters, emergency medical staff, and military personnel. These seven heroes received their certificates and plaques under the applause of over a hundred attendees, including mayors and leaders from Walnut, Diamond Bar, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Bassett, Valinda, and La Puente. The mayor of Diamond Bar praised these heroes, “With your selfless dedication to the safety of the community and the nation, the honors you receive today are well deserved.”
In coincidence, one of the heroes, Sergeant Elijah Kim, received his newborn baby at the time of the event. After the breakfast, friends and co-workers gather to take pictures.