Fresno Legion of Valor Veterans Museum Gets Donation

Fresno Legion of Valor Veterans Museum Gets Donation

Table Mountain Rancheria donated $10,000 to the museum Friday.

Friday, Table Mountain Rancheria presented a $10,000 donation to the Legion of Valor Veterans Museum in Fresno.

The funds will help the museum continue to operate, since the museum runs largely off donations, said Bob Specht, museum director. Museum curators said these kind of donations allow the museum to continue to teach the community about the sacrifices of service men and women.

Fred Machado, 81, remembers what it was like to serve in the Korean War when he was only 18. Friday, he was happy to see that a group of fifth graders from a Kingsburg elementary school were at the museum to learn about the years well before their time that helped shape the country.

"I think of the sacrifices that were made by men and women. I think of the poverty that we saw and that we helped solve," Machado said.

Six days a week, people can visit the Legion of Valor Veterans Museum for free and learn stories like that of Machado's that contributed to the country's freedom.

Donations like the one Table Mountain Rancheria make annually help make that possible.

"Table Mountain has always been a big supporter of our veterans everywhere,  and we're very thankful and grateful for their service," said Michelle Heredia,  secretary treasure for the casino board of directors at Table Mountain.

Korean War veteran Louis Azevedo remembers a time when people were not as supportive of military men and women.

"No recognition. Just come home and continue the day. Not even know who you were," Azevedo said.'

Who he was when he entered the Army was an 19-year-old on the frontlines in Korea.

Meanwhile, Machado said he's grateful times have changed.

"Well they say, 'Thank you for your service.' And I say, 'It was a great honor.' I'd do it again if I was 18 again, Machado said.

Monday, the community will have the opportunity to thank service members as Fresno plays host to the 94th annual Veterans Day parade.  

It's the largest veterans parade west of the Mississippi.

Air Force veteran William Dietzel, who died this year, helped make the parade one that is widely recognized.

The parade is also visible to service members overseas, as it is broadcast on the Pentagon channel.

The route will begin in front of Fresno  City Hall at Tulare and P Streets at 11 a.m. It will  go west to Fresno Street then to Van Ness Avenue and on to Tulare Street. It will end at Grizzlies Stadium near Broadway Place.

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