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CAPVET_140718_01.JPG: "You have never lived until you have almost died. For those who have fought for it, life has a flavor that the protected will never know."
Combat Wounded Veterans
My stone is red for the blood they shed, the medal I bear is my country's way to show they care if I could be seen by all mankind. Maybe peace will come in my lifetime.
Dedicated to the recipients of this nation's oldest military decoration
"The Purple Heart"
CAPVET_140718_24.JPG: Remember Pearl Harbor
Keep America Alert!
CAPVET_140718_27.JPG: Dale L. Wilkins
CAPVET_140718_28.JPG: Steve Gillman
CAPVET_140719_07.JPG: In memory of
Friend to Many. GOP Activist.
John Rico; State Republican Party Official, AIDS Activist
November 21, 1995
John Rico, 45, a Republican Party official in California and the state of Washington. A native of Visalia who was educated at San Jose State, Rico worked in the national headquarters of the Reagan for President campaign in Los Angeles in 1979, and then operated his own campaign management firm for three years. In Sacramento, he worked for the state Assembly and later Senate Republican caucuses and was political director of the California Republican Party for two years. From 1985 to 1991, Rico served as chief of staff for the Washington state Senate. After he was found to have AIDS in 1991, Rico went public with his disease and became an AIDS activist. He was named to the Washington governor's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and testified on legislation to protect homosexuals from discrimination. A dinner given in Rico's honor by Republican leaders in 1993 raised funds for Northwest AIDS Foundation. On Saturday in Olympia, Wash., of complications of AIDS.
The above from http://articles.latimes.com/1995-11-21/news/mn-5509_1_state-republican-party-official
CAPVET_140719_10.JPG: Erected by Chapter 385 and California Dept. Military Order of the Purple Heart
"All Gave Some -- Some Gave All"
Purple Hearts awarded after May 7, 1914, the beginning of World War I
World War I, 1914-1918 armistice. Purple Hearts awarded -- 251,390
World War II, 1941-1945 victory. Purple Hearts awarded -- 964,409
Korean War 1950-1953 victory. Purple Hearts awarded -- 136,936
Vietnam War 1961-1971 negotiated loss. Purple Hearts awarded -- 201,676
Cold War 1945-1991 victory. Purple Hearts awarded -- 18,923
War on Terror worldwide -- on going. Purple Hearts awarded as of June 1, 2010 -- 14,235
Desert Storm, Jan. 16, 1991 - April 26, 1991 victory. Purple Hearts awarded -- 590
Afghanistan OEF [Operation Enduring Freedom] as of June 15, 2010, on going. Purple Hearts awarded -- 7,495
Iraq OIF [Operation Iraqi Freedom] as of July 1, 2010 victory. Purple Hearts awarded -- 36,891
All Purple Hearts awarded are estimates only. Battlefield awards and incomplete records.
Freedom is not free
[I found this sign interesting. The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed, while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. The date was picked since it's the day before the US entered World War I.
The sign acknowledges that the Vietnam War was a "negotiated loss" but claims the Iraqi war was a "victory".]
CAPVET_140719_31.JPG: In honor of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender veterans killed in action
CAPVET_140719_34.JPG: Honor and Remember
American ex prisoners of war
Non solum armis
49ers Chapter, Sacramento, CA
CAPVET_140719_38.JPG: Sacramento Nisei Memorial
Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary
CAPVET_140719_40.JPG: 4th District Nisei Memorial VFW Post 1961
15 Aug 1953
CAPVET_140719_45.JPG: Veterans of Foreign Wars
6th District Nisei Memorial
CAPVET_140719_46.JPG: Natural Stone Design
CAPVET_140719_48.JPG: AERCO Pacific, Inc.
Sun-Kissed Sprinklers and Landscaping
CAPVET_140719_50.JPG: John F. Otto Inc.
CAPVET_140719_52.JPG: Steve Gillman
CAPVET_140719_54.JPG: The Spink Corporation
Todd W. Rhoads
CAPVET_140719_60.JPG: Grand Pup Tent of California
Military Order of the Cootie
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Description of Subject Matter: A Tribute to California's Military Heroes
"Our veterans...must not be forgotten. Their service, their sacrifice, their courage must be etched in America's memory...and remembered...as the price they paid to pass on to us...the legacy of freedom and glory that is America."
— Governor Pete Wilson, 1998
These words from Governor Pete Wilson's address at the dedication of the California Veterans Memorial in December 1998 express the intent of the monument. It is a moving remembrance of the more than five million Californians who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since statehood in 1850.
The memorial is located in a quiet area of the park surrounded by a grove of mature trees. An arc of flags representing the various branches of the U.S. military, borders a 30-foot, black granite obelisk.
The California Veterans Memorial pairs the ancient obelisk shape with modern techniques. Images of war taken from photographs are etched into the granite structure. The images range from soldiers wounded in combat to a wife and child welcoming a serviceman home. Narrow fissures slice through each of the obelisk's four panels, symbolizing the devastation of war.
The effect inspires awe and patriotic reflection. The hardships endured by California veterans and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make are evident. In erecting and visiting the monument, Californians show their gratitude.
The above was from http://www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov/the-museum/capitol-park
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