Mule Creek incarcerated veterans honor birth of nation

Inmates in blue shirts hold a U.S. flag.
Mule Creek Infill Complex veterans honored the nation's birthday with a special event.

By Lt. Francesca Jacobo

The Facility D inmate Military Veterans Program at Mule Creek Infill Complex (MCIC) hosted a celebration in honor of the nation’s birthday this summer.

The July 4th festivities began with the group’s color guard unfolding the Stars and Stripes and performing their precision drill presentation of the flag. The presentation was followed by upbeat renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the service hymns of all branches of the United States Military.

Leonard Franklin, the inmate Chaplain of the group, delivered a prayer to those in attendance and there was a moment of silence in remembrance for the service members who have passed away. The various inmate service members gave special salutes and acknowledgements to the sacrifices made by the disabled veterans.

The event featured music from the Henry Robinette Band, featuring jazz hits. Lead guitarist Robinette teaches jazz guitar at MCIC through the Arts in Corrections program.

The event concluded with a performance from the veterans’ group band, Valor. Selections from the performance included “Make Somebody Happy,” “Let Me Be,” and a medley of rhythm and blues tunes.