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CDCR honors all who served in the armed forces

CDCR honors all who served in the armed forces

California State Prison, Sacramento initiated a special tribute to CDCR staff members statewide who have served in the military by requesting photos during their military service, foreign and domestic. “Veterans Day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany on November 11, 1918. Veteran’s Day formerly known as Armistice Day was officially made a legal public holiday in 1954. Today, Veterans Day is a holiday celebrated on November 11th, in which Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States. In light of this honored tradition, please join us in paying tribute to the many women and men, of California State Prison, Sacramento and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation who honorably served, answering our nation’s call to duty. Thank you for your commitment, bravery, dedication, and your sacrifice. We honor you on this Veteran’s Day and we thank you!” – Jeff Lynch, Warden (A), California State Prison, Sacramento

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