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Council finally appoints panel to develop veterans’ banners

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The wheels of government turn slowly. Nine months after he first proposed the idea of adding banners along Hatch Road to honor Ceres’ military personnel, Mayor Javier Lopez and the council on Jan. 24 finally appointed an ad hoc committee to investigate such a program.

Mayor Lopez first mentioned on April 12 wanting veterans’ banners displayed in Ceres. When the council talked about it on April 26, the council decided to form an ad hoc committee. Lopez recommended himself, Army Sgt. George King of the Turlock U.S. Army recruiting office, Freddy Morales of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Commander Pete Samaniego, resident and veteran Gene Yeakley, Nicholas Otero, veteran and Councilman James Casey and a city staff member.

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The City of Turlock’s Veterans Day celebration took place at a new location this year, but support for those who have served was at an all-time high. 

U.S. military members past and present were honored during a special ceremony at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex on Thursday morning, where high school performers, local dignitaries and others from throughout the community gathered to say “thank you” to service members for their sacrifice. 

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Turlock to honor veterans with annual ceremony

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The City of Turlock will acknowledge and celebrate veterans on Thursday as part of its annual ceremony, but this year the longtime event moves to a new location to allow even more participants.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, community members, veterans and local dignitaries will gather at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex for a morning of music and patriotism. Historically, the City has held the ceremony in downtown’s Central Park by the cannon; however, staff felt that this year, a larger venue with plenty of outdoor space would allow as many attendees as possible.

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Turlock veteran overcomes mental hurdles with help of County program

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Four years ago, Turlock resident Kenneth Shipman no longer wanted to live. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the U.S. military, years of mental distress had led to substance abuse issues and court cases, which in turn alienated him from his family, his friends, his job and life as he knew it. 

Shipman led sheriff’s deputies on a chase in April 2016 which ended with his vehicle crashing into a high-voltage Turlock Irrigation District facility; he was driving under the influence and had hoped that the crash would kill him. When it didn’t, he fled the scene wishing that the officers would shoot him.

Shipman wasn’t shot, but was arrested. A day he had originally thought would be the end of his life turned into something miraculous when he went to court for the incident, where he was given a lifeline. Instead of serving five years in prison, he had the chance to complete the Stanislaus County Veterans Treatment Court program — an inter-agency collaborative, non-adversarial therapeutic justice program for veterans in the criminal justice system who suffer from PTSD or other psychological symptoms as a result of having served.

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Turlock’s Veterans’ Day celebration set for Wednesday

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The City of Turlock will host a socially distanced ceremony on Wednesday for the public in honor of Veterans’ Day.

The City of Turlock, in partnership with the Grand Oak Event Center, will host the annual event like a drive-in movie at the Grand Oak Event Center at 1450 Soderquist Rd. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The ceremony will start with the presentation of colors and include guest speaker retired U.S. Marine and Turlock High School JROTC Senior Naval Science Instructor Major Kelly Cross. There also will be an acknowledgment of each military branch and several musical pieces.

“To all veterans, thank you for your service and sacrifices so that we can live in a free country,” said Mayor Amy Bublak. “I know that our community is profoundly grateful for all you have done to protect our nation. Thank you for your great personal sacrifice and unwavering commitment to our nation.”

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