Dinuba Veterans honor Ed Coats at Oct. 30 dinner

George M. Villagrana / Mid Valley Times Attendees gathered for the annual Veterans dinner at the Dinuba Memorial Hall on Oct. 30.

Those who have served in the military were honored Oct. 30 during another successful Veterans dinner at Dinuba Memorial Hall.
The dinner also served as an introduction of Edward C. Coats, this year’s Orosi Veterans Parade grand marshal.
Ed Coats began teaching for the Cutler-Orosi School in 1960, and served as football coach for 32 years. He won four section titles with the Cardinals before retiring in 1997. In 2018, Coats had the football field named after him during the grand opening of the new OHS stadium.
At the dinner, Coats received a fair share of certificates of recognition from various organizations as well as the city of Dinuba, Tulare County, State Assembly Member Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, and State Sen. Melissa Hurtado, D-Sanger. Coats served in the U.S. Army Security Agency for three years, and he served in Korea from 1953-54 as a Morse Code radio interceptor.
The master of ceremonies for the dinner was Lt. Col. Lorenzo Rios. Invocation was given by Jacob Huerta, followed by the posting of colors from Dinuba Veterans. The flag salute was given by U.S. Navy veteran Emily Valdez Burnias while Katelyn Oyervidez, Miss Dinuba for 2019, sang the national anthem.