Patriot Day keynote speaker

Lt. Col. David Hall, Executive Officer for the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade of the California Army National Guard and a Coarsegold resident, will be the keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Patriot Day, which honors and shows appreciation to all veterans, active duty military, and emergency services personnel.

The event was organized to honor those who lost their lives in the Sept., 11, 2001, terrorist attack on New York and other locations in the country, and to pay tribute to all first responders.

Sponsored by Sierra Tel, the event will be held 9 a.m. Sept. 11 at Oakhurst Community Park. Included are a special flag-raising ceremony, pledge of allegiance, patriotic music, 21-rifle salute, and a rendition of “Taps.” Veterans, active duty military and emergency personnel will also be presented with recognition gifts. After the ceremony, Sierra Tel staff will serve apple pie and ice cream.

“In 2014 we moved this event from Sierra Tel headquarters to the Oakhurst Community Park where it really took on a community spirit,” said Laura Norman, public relations supervisor for Sierra Tel. “With the addition of a shade tent and more chairs, we are hoping for an even bigger crowd this year.”

Norman said Hall is sure to inspire those attending the event, as his military career spans 20 years, with time in Ukraine, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt, Kuwait, and Korea.

After Hall graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1995, he was stationed at Fort Drum, New York, where he served as a platoon leader and aviation liaison officer. In January of 2000, he was reassigned to the 1-52nd Aviation Regiment at K-16, Korea, where he served as an assistant operations officer.

One year later, Hall was transferred to Fort Carson, Colo., where he served in the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He then transitioned to the National Guard, moved to command the 126th Medical Company, and in 2008, he was assigned to the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters, where he served through its deployment to Iraq.

Hall then served as Commander of the 140th Aviation Regiment from March of 2012 to June of 2014, until he was transferred to his current position. Hall lives in Coarsegold with his wife Christina, son Aaron, and daughter Adrienne. His eldest son Grant, who graduated from Minarets High School in 2015, currently attends West Point.

Details: Laura Norman, (559) 683-4611.

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