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Museum to Honor Veterans at Memorial Day Event

May 24, 2022 12:00AM ● By Story and photos by Brenna Bontrager

Dan Schrader (seated) and several of the museum's dedicated volunteers.

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MARYSVILLE, CA (MPG) - The Museum of the Forgotten Warriors in Marysville will be holding its annual Memorial Day flag raising this Monday, May 30.

The museum will be open between the hours of 9 A.M. and 2 P.M. 250 United States and military branch flags will circle the property and Taps will be played at 10 A.M. This will most likely attract visitors who are attending multiple other memorial events in the area.

Memorial Day and Veterans Day are the two most important days of the year for the non-profit that is dedicated to the memory of all who have served. Other than these dates, the museum is open every Saturday and by appointment. The tanks, helicopters and planes that are shown outside have made this a popular destination for school groups.

The Museum of the Forgotten Warriors was founded by Dann Spear in 1985. Located not far from Beale Air Force Base, the museum showcases war memorabilia from conflicts as old as the Civil War and as recent as the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the items are donated by citizens, and at times, family members of those who had been killed in battle. There are special sections dedicated to local military members and a display case honoring Hmong veterans.

The museum’s website states that they want to have “… a celebration of the efforts and sacrifices of veterans rather than a glorification of war.” It is now run by Don Schrader who calls the museum “the best kept secret in the Yuba-Sutter area.”

The non-profit is run by a group of dedicated volunteers, most of whom are veterans themselves.

“This is where I just open up and cry. This is my therapy,” said volunteer and Vietnam vet Anthony Pinto.

The organization also has close ties to other community groups such as the Northern Recon group and the Tri-County Blue Star Moms. The museum promises to be the perfect place for you to honor those who have served this Memorial Day.

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