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Veterans Day 2008 observed at Patton Museum

The General Patton Memorial Museum, at Chiriaco Summit in Riverside County, celebrated Veteran's Day 2008 with numerous observances. Speakers included General Wilma Vaught, Founder of the Women in Military Service Museum; Rear Admiral Ben Montoya, USN, (RET); and Colonel Paul Laughlin, Commander, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Irwin.  Native American Code Talkers were recognized for their outstanding service and the Defenders of Freedom Wall was dedicated.  A salute to Fallen Heroes was delivered by State Senator-elect John Benoit accompanied by a missing-man flyover.  Music by the U.S. Navy Band Southwest, numerous displays, a chili cook-off and other festivities added to the event. (text continues below)

BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Manager, John Kalish (left) on stage with with Museum Director, Margit Chiriaco Rushe

BLM-California's Palm Springs-South Coast Field Manager John Kalish and Museum Director Margit Chiriaco Rushe presented the General Patton Memorial Museum Founders Award to the County of Riverside and The Desert Alliance for Community Empowerment (DACE), for their active and long-standing support of the museum.  Receiving the Founders Awards for Riverside County were Supervisors Roy Wilson and Marion Ashley and for DACE was Jeffrey Hayes, Executive Director.

The General Patton Memorial Museum honors all Veterans and tells the story of General George S. Patton and The Desert Training Center  that so effectively trained and prepared over one million soldiers, from 1942-44, for combat in Africa and other locations throughout  World War II.  This simulated theater of operations became the largest military training ground in the history of military maneuvers.

The Museum celebrated its 20th anniversary since its dedication in 1988.  The BLM's role over the past 20 years has been to manage and protect the remnants of the Desert Training Center camps on  public lands and maintain a cooperative role in supporting the museum.

For more information and related links:

General Patton Memorial Museum www.generalpattonmuseum.com/

The Desert Training Center (BLM-California, Needles Field Office)

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 358

Last updated: 11-19-2008