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JV_052113_VETERANS033.JPGCalifornia state workers have today off in honor of Veterans Day, but public officials around the state will be busy marking the occasion.

Here in Sacramento, a special ceremony put on by California Mexican-American Veterans Memorial Inc. will gather a rifle guard and speakers, including former Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, outside of the Mexican American Veterans Memorial on 10th Street.

After labor leaders and lawmakers announced some veteran-centric policy proposals on Friday, unions are organizing various service projects for vets today. Some electrical workers unions have also banded together to create a five-year apprentice program for vets.

The California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls will be unveiling a new program aimed at mentoring female veterans and military spouses. Rebecca Blanton, the commission's executive director, and Deborah Frett of the Business and Professional Women's Foundation will detail the project during a 10 a.m. presser at the California Military History Museum.

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CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, who turns 73 today, and to Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, who celebrates No. 65.

PHOTO: A veteran holds his World War II cap during an Operation Recognition Diploma ceremony on May 21, 2013, at the Sacramento County of Education in Rancho Cordova. The Sacramento Bee/José Luis Villegas.



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