Category Veteran Memorial

The monumental task behind building the California Veterans Memorial at the Capitol

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The dozens of images etched onto the California Veterans Memorial in downtown Sacramento’s Capitol Park say not only a thousand words, but might also leave visitors with a thousand questions. Who were the men and women depicted on the 28-foot-tall obelisk? Where and when did they […]

California Vietnam Veterans Memorial gets 20 additional names

Twenty new names will join the nearly 6,000 already inscribed on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a ceremony this Sunday in Capitol Park. The event will begin at noon. More than 200 relatives and friends of those being remembered are expected to attend. It will include welcoming remarks by Master of Ceremonies Martin J. […]

Twenty names, including first woman, etched into California Vietnam Veterans Memorial

SACRAMENTO – Like so many others who served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, U.S. Army Specialist 5 Adrienne Lee Schamp was exposed to Agent Orange, a powerful herbicide used to defoliate forests and crops that provided cover for North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops. She worked in Army finance at Long Binh and […]

California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery to receive national honor for quality

SEASIDE – The Central California Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC) in Seaside has been selected to receive the prestigious Organizational Excellence Award from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA). The cemetery, which opened in 2016, is operated by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet). It was jointly developed and constructed by the USDVA, […]

Memories of D-Day and beyond: Veterans Home resident got there early, stayed late

Nick Scordino seems to have a knack for notable days. A resident of the Veterans Home of California-West Los Angeles, he turned 97 years old on Memorial Day 2019. His last day in the Army Air Corps happened to be Thanksgiving Day 1945, six months after the Germans surrendered in World War II. And, according […]

California’s Native American Day to be celebrated at the Capitol this month

On Friday, September 28, California will honor the service and sacrifice of all its Native American veterans with the 51st annual Native American Day ceremony. The event begins at 9 a.m. on the west steps of the State Capitol building and includes music, festivities, vendors and special addresses from California State Superintendent of Public Instruction […]

Memorial Day in photos

On Monday, communities throughout the state took a moment to honor veterans. CalVet staff took part in many events to help pay tribute to all Americans who have died in war. Here’s a look at some of the day’s photos.      

Memorial Day events & a message from CalVet’s Secretary

On Monday, we honor the memory of all the men women who died in service to our nation. Watch this video message from CalVet Secretary Dr. Vito Imbasciani. Memorial Day Events Californians will have many opportunities to pay their respects at events held throughout the state. From the 129th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Los Angeles […]

Annual Memorial Day Event at Igo is a proud tradition

More than 500 people are expected to attend  the 12th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at CalVet’s Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo. The event has become a proud tradition for staff and the local community. “Memorial Day is a time to honor all of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our […]

Wall of Faces: Photos needed to complete virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorial

“Those who fought in Vietnam are part of us, part of our history. They reflected the best in us. No number of wreaths, no amount of music and memorializing will ever do them justice, but it is good for us that we honor them and their sacrifice. And it’s good that we do it in […]