Nonprofit Plans Colorful Memorial Day Event

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A nonprofit benefiting families of U.S. killed in action (KIA) plans a Memorial Day 2006 event to honor our nation’s combat dead.

The USA KIA/DOW Family Foundation (USAKIA), along with America Remembers KIA and J & S Surplus & Outdoor Store, plans an event Memorial Day, May 29, 2006, in Moss Landing, California. An additional participant will be the California National Guard. A ceremony dedicated the memorial site for all U.S. military killed in action (KIA) or died of wounds (DOW) last year in a September 3, 2005, Labor Day Weekend event.

With the California National Guard being there for the Memorial Day ceremony, it will be the first in what the public-benefit corporation hopes will be an annual event. USAKIA already has an annual Labor Day Weekend event in September. The ceremony will be held at J & S Surplus & Outdoor Store, a division of Eagle Emblems, at the intersection of Highway 1 and N. Struve Road in Moss Landing. The address is also 1956 Highway 1, Moss Landing, CA 95039.

The public is invited to participate in a colorful free event close to the ocean. Participants can also purchase mementos honoring killed in action. Donations are tax deductible and benefit KIA and DOW families. The nonprofit accepts donations at its Web site, by phone at (408) 954-8280, or by mail to P.O. Box 720123, San Jose, CA 95172.

The USA KIA/DOW Family Foundation (USAKIA), based in San Jose, California, is an IRS-approved, tax-deductible and tax-exempt nonprofit. KIA families incorporated the 501(c)(3) organization in the fall of 2003 to benefit families of those killed in action and died of wounds while in the U.S. armed forces. Current services include memorials, membership, and it plans a new California Medal of Honor Project (CAMOHP). It also has products honoring U.S. KIA. America Remembers KIA allows USAKIA the use of its trademarked KIA flag and symbol. See the organization's Web site at http://www.usakia.org for further information. USAKIA opened a pressroom at its Web site in December and two new blogs in March.

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Dennis Malloy