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Left image: Friends, Neighbors, Veterans gather to watch the new sign installed.

 SoCal Veterans Campground owner Adam Brown

Right image: San Bernardino County Fire Unit #98 located at Angelus Oaks is

Paid Firefighter Phil Lattuca, Lisa Comnick and Robert Follett 

 SoCal Veterans Campgrounds


December 2021__Sugarloaf, CA  

It was a beautiful warm November Sunday morning, an adventurous team of three: Suzi Sands, Randy Vanos of Sugarloaf and Big Bear Lake News Editor, E T Russell, as they found their destination near Angelus Oaks, and State Route 38. 

Other than the experience of the forest and its rugged mountain terrain in the San Bernardino Mountains, the three were invited to the dedication of a camping area especially for the use of military Veterans, by Adam Brown owner of the property and coordinator/planner Keri Leigh.

The excitement mounted as three San Bernardino County Fire Unit #98 stationed at Angelus Oaks, arrived to punctuate the ribbon cutting ceremony for the first SoCal Veterans Park in the San Bernardino County mountains.  Just prior to the ceremony, Adam and his daughter gave a brief dissertation about respect for U.S. Veterans and how Adam and his team want to give back by this property dedication.  The Sunday dedication ceremony was significant as a commemoration to honor the local area’s heroes. 

Brown and Leigh also shared hopes and dreams for future expansions on the rustic 22.9-acre site.  A gorgeous redwood crafted sign was erected by Keri Leigh, Richard Pena, Jen Leigh Pena and Adam Brown. During the day’s event, guests were served a plethora of tasty food prepared by the accommodated staff, as they dined in the outdoor mountain atmosphere. An extra treat was the guitar band that played throughout the day with Stephanie on percussion, Bob and Eric on guitar.  Guests thoroughly enjoyed the artistry of Angelus Oaks professional’s handcrafts, offered by Bessy, Dominick and Amy Ray.  A tiny patriot dressed in his red shoes and shirt did not miss a beat, as he danced his way into the hearts of all!   

Those who strolled around the campground acreage, learned of the well delineated paths through the forested areas, as they lead into the open community area.  Keri Leigh was most informative about the future proposal of the property, as she welcomed visiting Veterans and patriots.  Regis Duncan presented Adam Brown with an especially hand-crafted Bird House, to be displayed at the entrance of SoCal Veterans Campgrounds.   

Continue to check here at: http://www.bigbearlake.net/The-Serving for information and  updates on the progress of the property and interest of support, as well as donating to the organization.

Written by Suzi Sands Vanos of Sugarloaf 11-2021