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California State Archives now in the cloud

A new partnership between the California State Archives and the Google Cultural Institute will create a series of digital exhibits using public records contained in the archives. Three exhibits have been launched to date with more planned for the future.

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Remembering heroes at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery

Family and friends gathered Monday at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon to honor the those who served in the nation’s military. The Memorial Day ceremony featured the presentation of colors, a flyover by Travis Air Force Base and musical selections from a Navy band. Kimberly Wright, Director of the National Cemetery Administration Office of Field Programs in Washington D.C., served as the event’s main speaker. A wreath presentation and rifle salute and taps rounded out the event.

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Mitchell brothers, vets of WWII, reflect on Memorial Day

John, 96, Marion, 98, and Roy, 92 - the Mitchell brothers remember their service to country and those who didn't return from war. They survive today as living testaments to those who fought in World War II, and on Memorial Day, when the nation remembers those who died in war and its veterans.

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3 brothers reflect on WWII experiences

Seven decades have passed since the Mitchell men were in uniform. They survive today as living testaments to those who fought in World War II. The Mitchell men are: Marion, 98, who served in the Army; John, 96, who was in the Army Air Corps; and Roy, 92, who was in the Navy.

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Honoring Hmong veterans of the CIA's Secret War in Laos

Surviving Hmong veterans of the CIA’s Secret War in Laos received medals for their service on the west steps of the Capitol on Monday evening, May 16, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. An estimated 35,000 Hmong soldiers died battling the Pathet Lao and the Vietnamese regular army during the Vietnam War and the Secret War in Laos. An estimated 6,000 survive, and there have been efforts in Congress to get them veterans benefits and have them buried in U.S. military cemeteries. There are an estimated 27,000 Hmong refugees and their children in Sacramento and another 40,000 in the Fresno area.

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Hmong veterans awarded medals for service in Laos

Elk Grove Vice Mayor Steve Ly was joined by state Assemblyman Jim Cooper and several U.S. veterans who served with the Hmong guerrillas, fighting for 15 years during the Vietnam War and the Secret War in Laos. Hmong veterans were recognized on the west steps of the Capitol on Monday and awarded medals for their service during this period.

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Hmong veterans of CIA’s war in Laos honored at California Capitol

Surviving Hmong veterans of the CIA’s Secret War in Laos will receive medals at 5 p.m. Monday at a ceremony on the west steps of the Capitol. The event is being hosted by Elk Grove Vice Mayor Steve Ly, himself a survivor of the conflict. The former school board member fought for the inclusion of the Secret War in secondary education. The Elk Grove Unified School District has created a blog with oral histories from participants in the war at http://blogs.egusd.net/tor/interviews/vietnam-war/

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First trademarked images in country now part of California online archive

Between 1861 and 1900, a plethora of trademarked images registered with California reflected an explosion of economic activity after the Gold Rush. Now many of the trademarked images from that era are available online by way of a year-long digitization project by the California State Archives, which has just posted 4,000 images as part of the largest digital collection the archives have ever assembled.

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Remembering heroes at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery

Family and friends gathered Monday at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon to honor the those who served in the nation’s military. The Memorial Day ceremony featured the presentation of colors, a flyover by Travis Air Force Base and musical selections from a Navy band. Kimberly Wright, Director of the National Cemetery Administration Office of Field Programs in Washington D.C., served as the event’s main speaker. A wreath presentation and rifle salute and taps rounded out the event.
Remembering heroes at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery 1:09

Remembering heroes at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery

A native warriors drum circle to honor Vietnam War veterans 2:27

A native warriors drum circle to honor Vietnam War veterans

Mitchell brothers, vets of WWII, reflect on Memorial Day 1:09

Mitchell brothers, vets of WWII, reflect on Memorial Day

Bud Anderson takes flight in B-17 Flying Fortress, remembers WWII 2:01

Bud Anderson takes flight in B-17 Flying Fortress, remembers WWII