Honoring Military Veterans in the Central Valley
Thank You For Your Service
The best way a person can say, “Thank you for your service” to a Veteran is by being an active member in building their local community. A Veteran would love to know that their sacrifice was for something. Are people using their freedom to enrich a life of another person? You don’t need to change the world, but are you helping make things better in some way? Volunteer at the VA hospital once per month if you can. Read books at a local school to build relationships in your community. Enriching the lives of others is how you thank a Veteran for their service.
The wait is over
Forget about any other experience that you’ve had at a “Veterans Hall” before you walk into the Clovis Veterans Memorial District. You can expect to meet interesting people who are as willing to help you, as you are willing to help them. Finally, a place where all people of Clovis can honor Veterans in any way that they wish. The Clovis Veterans Memorial District is a place that you’ll find Veterans and civilians joining together to honor those who have served, by adding value to their community. Some people end a day of volunteering in silence, with a smile on their face as they spend time reflecting. Others join family members and friends to share stories of a loved one who had served. It doesn’t matter how you give honor, but you can know that there is a place for you.
Be a part of Greatness in Clovis by joining CVMD at one of their many events. CVMD has a group of people who seek to understand how they can help their community honor a Veteran the best way possible.
Success Breeds Success
Mr. Lorenzo Rios is the CEO at CVMD and he is a true visionary. The Central Valley of California has approximately 330,000 U.S. military Veterans, which is about double the rate of the United States. This is a huge opportunity for Fresno/Clovis innovation and business. Military leaders know how to get the job done, and now we have many to choose from here in the Valley. We are expecting to see a spike in entrepreneurship in the Veteran community in the next few months. Technology, Entertainment, and Business are areas of opportunity for Veterans in the Valley.
Mr. Rios and his team at CVMD created and held the 1st Annual Patriots Dinner to honor and celebrate those students who have taken the oath of service to our country. They celebrated 46 students from Clovis Unified School District who are joining the Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force and 3 of their own staff members who are joining the Marines and Navy. Events like this are only possible when Leaders try new things. Students and their families, as well as community leaders made it a night to remember.
Who they were yesterday is not who they will be tomorrow. Clovis Veterans Memorial District is proud to support the local schools robotics programs. The CVMD is always looking for ways to improve the experience of honoring our Veterans and their families. It takes a certain type of person that “Dares to Dream” and CVMD has it! Teamwork makes the dream work is the attitude that you will feel when you visit CVMD. This team is committed to making your Veteran honoring experience as seamless as possible. They have an understanding of community needs and building future opportunities for the following generations.
Mr. Lorenzo Rios is here to lead the way
Former U.S. Army Colonel and a leader with true GRIT is at the head of the Clovis Valley Memorial District! Attitude is altitude and you can expect something along the lines of, “It’s not me, it’s us.” Mr. Rios is a man with a real passion for student and community success. He will definitely exercise his innovative strategic thinking and creative problem solving as the head of CVMD. Mr. Rios has a career which reflects success in developing innovative programs that improve productivity, morale and safety. It’s also important to mention his experience with collaborative international networks, academia, consulting and leadership development.
We are the solution
Veterans can lead the next generation of America, starting with Clovis businesses and youth. Anyone who served in the military knows about rank structure and leadership. We can use our former skills and training to build a Greater future. We are here to set the example of how to celebrate the things that are Great about America. Let’s focus on the positive things that we have the ability to change. Collaboration is the key to success when it comes to bridging the civilian and Veteran divide. Contact the Clovis Veterans Memorial District to see how you can join their movement.
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Clovis’ Freedom Fest Is Back On –
With Help From Veterans Memorial District
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CLOVIS (KMJ) — The 4th of July Clovis Freedom Fest will take place this year – and that assurance comes from the CEO of the Clovis Veterans Memorial District.
“I can’t stress enough, there is no way while I’m here and these local veterans are here, are we going to have a 4th of July that is not celebrated in Clovis,” states Lorenzo Rios.
Organizer Clovis Kiwanis Club announced in April that the event had been canceled due to a lack of funds. But Rios says the Clovis Veterans Memorial District is going to do its part to make sure the event takes place.
“It’s too important to the community to not have this take place. The Veterans Memorial District, in partnership with the City of Clovis, Clovis Unified School District, and the veterans organizations and service clubs: we’re all going to come together and we are going to have a Freedom Fest this year.”
The plan is to coordinate community organizations willing to participate, both as financial sponsors and hosts, with Clovis Veterans Memorial District organizing a committee to manage all those involved.
“This is the greatest show on earth, and at a time when you see so many things around us our community needs to come out and celebrate what’s right in our community.
“Community and people partnering together is something thing worth celebrating and the 4th of July is one day that we will celebrate in Clovis.”
He adds that the District’s contacts with veterans and other community service organizations, puts it in a unique position of being able to help restore the Freedom Fest.
“By the end of the month we would like to raise at least $15,000. If we can get that kind of support by the end of the month I think it’ll put us in a better shape.
“But unequivocally I can say that we will be holding a Freedom Fest this year.”
If the money isn’t raised in time, Rios says he’ll be putting forward the cash himself.
“In absence of the District not being able to fork over the money, my family will make sure that this takes place.”
Officials reveal that that basic format of the event will remain the same as in previous years, and it will take place at 9pm July 4th inside Clovis High’s Lamonica Stadium.
Anyone who would like to help should call Clovis Veterans Memorial District on (559) 299-0471 or email .