With autumn in full swing in Calaveras, our beautiful county is awash in reds, oranges, and yellows, conjuring up thoughts of how much there is to be grateful for in our lives. This Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, is a day to remember give thanks for those who have selflessly served and sacrificed to serve in the United States military. Our brave, selfless men and women sacrificed their comfort, time with their families, and some even made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure America’s freedom and promote democracy around the world.
Veterans Memorial in Murphys
If you are in Calaveras, stop by the Ebbetts Pass Veterans Memorial located in downtown Murphys across from the Murphys Community Park. Due to the generosity of the John Kautz Family (Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, CA) who designed and paid for the entire project, the memorial features a bronze statue of a soldier mounted on a large boulder. The expansion, dedicated Memorial Day 2014, includes a tall central flag pole with the emblems of all the branches of service on the base, handicapped accessible walkways, benches and a brick wall where veterans’ names of local residents are memorialized. If you would like to learn more about the service of the Ebbetts Pass Veteran’s Memorial District, visit their website at www.ebbettspassvetsdistrict.com.
Free Entry to the Angels Camp Museum
The Angels Camp Museum is offering free entry into the museum on Thursday, November 11, 2021 for all veterans and active duty military. They will be giving out American flag pins while supplies last to all vets and active duty from Thursday to Sunday. Stop by and learn about Angels Camp and its place in Gold Rush history. The Angels Camp Museum is a drop off location for the Marines Toys For Tots October 1 through December 2021.
Learn About Ric Ryan, The Walking Man of Murphys
Read about Ric Ryan and his devotion to raising support, awareness and funding for helping wounded veterans in the article published October 12, 2017, written by Charity Maness in the Calaveras Enterprise here. Ric’s cause, Operation Mend, is still going strong. Please consider donating online or mail a check made out to Operation Mend to P.O. Box 1674, Murphys, CA 95247. Operation Mend. And if you see Ric walking along Highway 4 or in Murphys, make sure to give him a wave.
Veterans Day Parade
The VFW Post 12118 is hosting a Veterans Day Parade on Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM in Copperopolis along Main Street and O’Byrnes Ferry Road at Black Creek Drive.