Community Day celebration

Veteran Billy Drumm watches a video about the adoption of one unit of the 101st Airborne Division in 1968 by the city of San Mateo as part of a Community Day celebration held at the San Mateo Public Library Friday, March 23. It was Sgt. Joe Artavia’s sister, Linda Giese Patterson, who encouraged the City Council to adopt the unit. Artavia was killed in action in March of 1968, and a memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 25, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death. The event was part of a weekend of activities commemorating the city’s adoption of the unit that started with a 7 a.m. workout Friday and includes a parade in downtown San Mateo 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24.

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