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Patriot Day In Pictures

Photos by Virginia Lazar

OAKHURST — The community gathered to commemorate Patriot Day at Sierra Tel on Sept. 11, 2013. The ceremony was well attended by nearly 200 people, all gathered to remember and reflect.

Patriot Day was signed into law on December 18, 2001 as a day to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

The Keynote Speaker this year was Larry E. Westerlund, a retired officer with the United States Naval Reserve. During his service, Westerlund received the Department of Defense Joint Commendation Medal Second Award, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement.

Patriot Day at Sierra Tel 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 were lost on home shores and overseas.

Rima Runtzel welcomes visitors to Patriot Day 2013 - Photo by Virginia LazarThe day began with “Attention to Colors,” played by Christian Mendoza followed with flag raising by the Griswold Mountain Detatchment Marine Corps League #1121.

First responders including Sierra Ambulance Edward Guzman at Patriot Day 2013 - Photo by Virginia LazarThe Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kailyn Hammerling, after which the Yosemite High School (YHS) Chamber Singers put forth a stunning rendition of the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful.”

Sierra Tel’s Rima Runtzel welcomed the crowd and an invocation was given by Pastor Richard Lamontagne.

A thrilling performance was delivered by the YHS Advanced Percussion Ensemble.

Other speakers in attendance were District 5 Supervision Tom Wheeler and Mountain Area Representative for the Fresno/Madera Amvets Dave Wolin.

Mike Petrucci read a statement from Assemblyman Frank Bigelow and Ross Branch read a statement from Congressman Tom McClintock. Shannon Major delivered a message from Senator Tom Berryhill.

Afterwards, the Sierra Tel Safety Awareness Committee served apple pie and ice cream in the Pete Sorenson Pavilion located behind the Sierra Telephone building. (Click photos to enlarge)

Griswold Mountain Detachment Marine Corps League 1121 at Patriot Day 2013 - Photo by Virginia Lazar

Yosemite High School Cadet Corps Patriot Day 2013 - Photo by Virginia Lazar


Sierra Telephone decked in patriotic bunting for Patriot Day 2013 - photo by Virginia LazarSierra Tel Patriot Day with Rima Runtzel at the podium - 2013 - Photo by Virginia LazarYosemite High School Advanced Percussion Ensemble - 2013 Patriot Day - Photo by Virginia LazarYosemite High School Advanced Percussion Ensemble performs during 2013 Patriot Day - Photo by Virginia LazarYosemite High School Cadet Corps led by Junior Vice Commandant Bud Russell - Photo by Virginia LazarMountain Area Representative for the Fresno Madera Amvets Dave Wolin gives Amvets Statement - 2013 Patriot Day - Photo by Virginia LazarRepresentatives from Citizens on Patrol and Madera County Sheriffs Department at Patriot Day 2013 - Photo by Virginia LazarDistrict 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler addresses the crowd at Patriot Day 2013 - Photo by Virginia Lazar

Apple pie and ice cream hit the spot after the rememberence at Patriot Day 2013 - Sierra Tel - Photo by Virginia Lazar

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