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Tuolumne County Celebrates Veterans Day

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It is Veterans Day, a Federal and State Holiday that salutes, recognizes and honors our Nation’s service veterans.

Frank Smart, Chairman of Veterans to Veterans and member of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 391, was Wednesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

According to Smart, the Veterans of Foreign War Post 4748 will host an event at the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial hall beginning at 11am. Tuolumne County supervisors Dick Pland and Teri Murrison will attend.

The Columbia Foot Dragoons and the Columbia Grenadine Belles will present a salute to our veterans at 11:30am at the Columbia public cemetary.

Yosemite National Park and New Melones Reservoir will waive the admission and day-use fees today.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Post 391 is raising money for a memorial that will be outside of the new VA Medical Clinic on Mono Way near the Junction Shopping Center.

“This Memorial will basically honor all six branches of the service,” says Smart. “It won’t honor any particular war, or any particular generation, just all Veterans.”

The Memorial will consist of a flagpole surrounded by six granite slabs, one for each of the services. The slabs will feature text written by a local member. Leading up to the Memorial will be a walkway of bricks and pavers engraved with the names of Veterans.

The fundraiser consists of residents donating money for the bricks (4×8 inches) or pavers (8×8 inches). The donors can decide which Veteran or Veterans names will be featured on their brick. Applications are available through

All federal and state offices are closed today. Courts are closed. The post office is closed. Most full service banks are closed today.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:46, 7:46 and 8:46am.

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