OAKHURST – Sierra Tel invites area residents to return to Oakhurst Community Park this year to celebrate Patriot Day 2015, with Keynote Speaker Lieutenant Colonel David Hall of Coarsegold.
LTC Hall is the current Executive Officer for the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade of the California Army National Guard. The day begins at 9 a.m.
Patriot Day is intended to recognize and show appreciation to all veterans, active duty military and emergency services personnel for their dedication to our country and communities, as well as to honor the memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Included will be a special flag-raising ceremony and pledge of allegiance, patriotic music performances, 21 rifle salute and Taps.
More than 200 people came out for a touching ceremony at the park last year.
“In 2014 we moved this event from Sierra Tel Headquarters to the Oakhurst Community Park, where it really took on a community spirit. With the addition of a shade tent and more chairs, we are hoping for an even bigger crowd this year,” says Laura Norman, Public Relations Supervisor.
The program is set to include the Griswold Mountain Detachment Marine Corps League #1121, and the Yosemite High School Cadet Corps. The National Anthem and other songs will be performed by YHS Chamber Singers, and the YHS Advanced Percussion Ensemble will be featured throughout the morning.
Complimentary All-American Apple Pie and Ice Cream will be served following the ceremonies.
Keynote Speaker LTC Hall graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in June 1995. Upon commissioning, LTC Hall was stationed at Fort Drum, New York where he served as a Platoon Leader for the 2-10th Aviation Regiment and as an Aviation Liaison Officer to 1st Infantry Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.
In January 2000, LTC Hall was reassigned to the 1-52nd Aviation Regiment at K-16, Korea, where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer.
In 2001, LTC Hall was transferred to Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as the Squadron S4 for 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He then transitioned to the National Guard in June 2002, where he first served as the Battalion Adjutant and then the Battalion Operations Officer for 3-140th Aviation Regiment in Stockton, California. LTC Hall then commanded the 126th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) during its transition to C Co, 1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion.
In 2008, LTC Hall was assigned to the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade Headquarters, where he served through its deployment to Iraq. He also served as the Commander of 1-140th Aviation Regiment from March 2012 until June 2014. Hall’s overseas assignments have taken him to Iraq, Kuwait, Egypt, Ukraine and Korea.