Columbia Militia

The Columbia Militia fires a volley of shots at a previous Veterans Day celebration at the Columbia City Cemetery.

Veterans Day events to honor or benefit veterans or provide them and their families with a little bit of fun will be held throughout the Mother Lode in the coming week.

Veterans’ Day, originally called Armistice Day, was set aside to honor veterans of World War I after the Armistice to end the war was signed on Nov. 11, 1918. It became a national holiday in 1938 and, after World War II, Congress amended the Act of 1938 to honor all veterans by replacing the word “Armistice” with “Veterans.”

The following events will be held in honor of our veterans:

Saturday, Nov. 9

• The Ebbetts Pass Moose Lodge No. 1123 will hold a Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. at the lodge, 1965 Blagen Road in Arnold.

A spaghetti dinner will be served for free to veterans, active military and first responders. Dinner costs $8 per person for all others.

Sunday, Nov. 10

• Hazy Bulldog Farms will sponsor a night of family entertainment at High Country Sports Arena in Sonora to benefit veterans.

The event will include dinner, skating, entertainment and prize drawings from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, $7 per couple or $10 per family, and free for veterans or active military.

Proceeds will benefit Sonora Vets Helping Vets, a nonprofit organization in Sonora that assists veterans and active military with a variety of needs.

Tickets can be purchased at the Vets Helping Vets Thrift Store, 14348 Cuesta Court in Sonora, Hazy Bulldog Farms or 1243 Mono Way in East Sonora. Call (209) 536-4208 for more information.

Monday, Nov. 11

• Black Oak Casino Resort will hold its annual Veterans Day Salute from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the resort on North Tuolumne Road.

The presentation of colors will be done by the Vietnam Veterans of America at 11 a.m. in Heritage Park on the resort grounds, and veterans can pick up a commemorative lapel pin at the Players Club. Veterans will also be offered meal specials and exclusive tournaments.

To participate, veterans and active duty service members must present their Salute to Service Players Club card. Visit the Players Club to become a member and receive this special card. Must present a DD214, active military ID card or veteran ID card.

• The historic Columbia Cemetery will be the site of the annual Veterans Day Remembrance presented by the Columbia Grenadine Belles and Columbia Militia on Monday, Nov. 11.

A ceremony including a flag raising and traditional two minutes of silence will begin promptly at 10:55 a.m. The Grenadine Belles will explain the significance of the holiday and take a roll call of veterans buried at the cemetery. The ceremony will conclude with a single volley fired by the Columbia Militia followed by “Taps.”

The cemetery is at 22956 School House Street in Columbia.

For more information, call (209) 533-3389.

• The Discover Life Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sonora will host its annual Veterans Day celebration at 11 a.m.

The church will honor veterans and their families for their military service followed by a free vegetarian lunch.

The church is at 40 N. Forest Road in Sonora.

For more information, call (209) 533-3337.

• The Ebbetts Pass Veterans’ Memorial District will host a Veterans’ Day Celebration featuring the Calaveras Community Band from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Ebbetts Pass Veterans’ Memorial District Memorial Park, 580 S. Algiers St., in Murphys.

Colors will be presented by Boy Scout Troop No. 343, and students from Michelson Elementary School will speak.

• Native Daughters of the Golden West Ruby Parlor No. 46 will present its annual Veterans’ Day Dinner at the Native Sons of the Golden West Hall, 389 Main St., Murphys.

A spaghetti dinner including wine and dessert will be served free to veterans and for $10 per person for all others.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., and Boy Scout Troop 343 will present a flag ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Proceeds will be donated to Silver Paws, and organization that provides companion and service dogs to area veterans.

For more information, call Mary Kingshill at (209) 728-0926.

• Railtown 1897 State Historic Park will offer free excursion train rides to veterans on Monday, Nov. 11.

Veterans and active military personnel are encouraged to wear their uniforms for the special rides pulled by diesel locomotive No. 1265. The locomotive is a Baldwin-Whitcomb 61-tonner 1952 former Army diesel which last served at the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant.

Rides will depart at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a six-mile, 45-minute round-trip ride.

Veterans and active military personnel must show current military ID or proof of discharge.

For more information, go online to, or call (209) 984-3953 or visit

• The Sonora Elks Lodge will hold a dinner in honor of veterans at the lodge, 100 Elk Drive in Sonora.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

A dinner of beef pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy and more will be served free to veterans. Cost for all others is $12 per person.

The Vietnam Veterans of America will present the colors.

• Veterans of Foreign Wars Keith Dale Wann Post 4748 will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall.

Richard DeGregorio, an Army veteran and VFW Post 4748 senior vice, will be guest speaker at the event, which will also feature the VFW Color Guard. Light refreshments will be served.

The hall is at 18375 Fir Ave., between Main and Pine streets, in Tuolumne.

• Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to everyone in honor of Veterans Day, as it has since 2006. Additionally, the Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS) will provide free rides to veterans and their families on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 10 and 11. For more information, go online to

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