November 7, 2014    
Veterans Day is Tuesday November 11!
Join me in honoring our brave veterans. 
Launch of online exhibit of veterans' stories through their tattoos. 
I hope you'll join me in honoring the men and women who have served our country in the military on Veterans Day this Tuesday, November 11. 

Several events are planned for West County. I'm proud of our County's leadership in providing compassionate assistance to all Contra Costa veterans.

I also want to bring your attention to War Ink, a remarkable and moving new digital exhibit featuring veterans from Iran and Afghanistan telling their stories through their tattoos.  War Ink, which has a partnership with StoryCorps,  whose work is often featured on public radio, is a project of the Contra Costa Library.

Click here to view War Ink (, which launches November 11.

, November 11  

What: USS Red Oak Victory Ship Veterans Day celebration; a special celebration   of the 70th anniversary of the launch of the USS Red Oak, with a visit from a former Red Oak crew member.  Sponsored by the Richmond Museum Association. Ship tour,  music, speeches
When: 10:30  a.m. to 1 p.m.; USO Dance from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Box lunches for sale.
Where: Riggers Loft, 1325 Canal Blvd., Port of Richmond, alongside the Red Oak.
For more: 510-235-7387 (Richmond museum)or 510-237-2933 (Red Oak).

What: Pinole Historical Society's Veterans Day Memorial,
with traditional flag retirement ceremony, singing, tributes, school groups.
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Fernandez Park, Pinole
For more: email the Historical Society,, or call 510-724-9507. 

What: El Cerrito Veterans Day Flag Placing (on veterans' graves), with youth groups, breakfast refreshments. Flags supplied. Sponsored by the El Cerrito Lions Club. 
When: 8 a.m.
Where: Sunset View Cemetery, 101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito.
For more: 510-237-0374.
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John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone (New Phone Number) 
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