Yurok Country Visitor Center to Honor Vets in November 11th Ceremony

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Yurok Author & Filmaker Chag Lowry
Yurok Author & Filmaker Chag Lowry will attend November 11th event to honor Yurok Veterans at The Yurok Country Visitors Center

Veteran’s Day event will honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice

The Yurok Country Visitor Center is putting on a Veteran’s Day event to honor the families of those who lost their lives, while serving in the United States armed forces.

“We will be honoring the families of our Fallen Heroes and all military veterans,” said James Gensaw, the Cultural Coordinator for the Visitor Center and Yurok Tribal member. “Please come and show your support and help us honor our Yurok Veterans that made the ultimate sacrifice.”

This special event will take place on at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the new The Yurok Country Visitor Center, located on Klamath Blvd. in downtown Klamath. As a sign of appreciation for their sacrifice, the families of our Fallen Heroes that were Killed in Action(KIA) will receive a special gift from the Yurok Country Visitor Center.

The gathering will also feature a book signing by Yurok Tribal member Chag Lowry, author of The Original Patriots. The publication contains 60 interviews with Tribal World War II veterans, as well as a summary of Native American participation in World War I and information about the boarding school system that many veterans went to as children. Lowry will be accompanied by three local WWII Native American Veterans, whose stories were captured in the 270-page book.

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A Group of Veterans from the Yurok Tribe at a recent gathering.
Barry Phillips
Yurok Veteran Barry Phillips, fought in France during WWI.

Hundreds of local Tribal people served in both World Wars I and II, the Vietnam War and in the current conflicts in the Middle East. Per capita, more Native Americans serve in the military than any other ethnic group, according to statistics compiled by the US Department of Defense.

To learn more about the Yurok Tribe, please check out the Yurok Country Visitor Center or visit us online at visityurokcountry.com.