Veterans, active duty servicemembers, their families and members of the public are all invited to the 10th annual Siskiyou County Armed Forces Day, which will be held Saturday, May 19,at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka.

Veterans, active duty servicemembers, their families and members of the public are all invited to the 10th annual Siskiyou County Armed Forces Day, which will be held Saturday, May 19,at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka.

The event is hosted each year by the Siskiyou County Veterans Leadership Council and consists of entertainment, a resource fair, appreciation ceremony and a free lunch for all who attend.

SCVLC member Ron Kindred explained that, prior to 1950, every branch of the armed forces was recognized with its own day. After the establishment of the U.S. Department of Defense, the various branches agreed to come together to celebrate collectively on a single day.

The keynote speaker this year is Michael Murphy, who served as a U.S. Army sergeant and a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office undersheriff. Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey will also be present.

SCVLC Chairman John Houdeshell noted that a special part of this year’s event will be the presentation of a proclamation to the Yreka Walmart, which has donated an estimated $60,000 worth of products to past SCVLC events.

The resource fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the floral building at the fairgrounds and will have representatives from 25 different organizations to provide veterans assistance with a range of issues from benefits eligibility to suicide prevention.

Military vehicles including a helicopter will also be on site for attendees to view. The Young Marines volunteer at the event each year and the CAL FIRE Honor Guard bagpipers will play during the ceremony. Dave Tyler will be barbecuing for the lunch, and the Siskiyou County Republican Women will help serve food, as they do each year.

Houdeshell noted the immense outpouring of support from the community that the SCVLC receives each year, including numerous local business sponsors. He noted that Armed Forces Day is the biggest event that the council puts on each year.