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3-day tribute to 700 plus Californians fallen in War on Terror opens
Visitors to this summer’s Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock can visit a new memorial exhibit, Remembering Our Fallen, a tribute to those from California who have lost their lives in service to this country. Photo Contributed

A three-day tribute to the 700 plus Californians that lost their lives in the 20-year Global War on Terror opens this evening in rural Ripon.

The California Remembering Our Fallen Memorial is open for public viewing today, Saturday, and Sunday at a rural location at 19750 North Ripon Road south of Jack Tone Road and north of River Road.

The opening ceremony is tonight at 6 p.m.

The opening ceremony will feature the presentation of colors by the Weston Ranch High  JROTC, the Battle Cross ceremony by the Marines of the Manteca Marine recruitment center with support by the Ripon Fire Department, taps, and the singing of the national anthem.

Personal remarks will be made by Gold Star Father Chuck Palmer of Manteca.

With the loss of 13 service members as the result of the Kabul evacuation mission, special attention will be focused on the four Californians that died — Kareem M. Nikouo, Nicole L. Gee, Dylan R. Merola, and Hunter Lopez.

Pastor Mike Dillman of the Not Forgotten Foundation noted while it is not possible for “us to attend the memorial services of these fallen heroes we can share our condolences and prayers form a distance” over the next three days.

“We encourage all lovers of liberty to join us in this embrace of a grateful nation,” Dillman noted.