The Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce previously chose Ginocchio to be the grand marshal for the 2018 Mount Shasta 4th of July parade. The parade theme is "Thank a Veteran."

Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle (District 1, Bieber) welcomed Army First Sgt. Tony Ginocchio to the State Capitol Wednesday, June 20, to honor him as the 2018 Veteran of the Year.

A Mount Shasta native, Ginocchio is a decorated Army veteran who served his country during the Vietnam War.

The Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce previously chose Ginocchio to be the grand marshal for the 2018 Mount Shasta 4th of July parade. The parade theme is "Thank a Veteran."

Dahle called it a privilege to thank Ginocchio "for serving our country, and acting as a leader in our veteran community. He is a true hero and an example of what sacrifice looks like in service of your country.”

As stated in a photo release from Dahle’s office, “While serving on infantry and special forces assignments, Ginocchio received multiple awards for his actions and wounds sustained on the battlefield. He continues to show his heroism by serving as a veteran advocate and volunteer. He dedicates his time to the community by coordinating the Walmart Heart resources hot meal program to feed veterans, law enforcement officers and firefighters. His wife Connie supports him in his activism.”

During the 2018 Memorial Day ceremony in Dunsmuir, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey referred to Ginocchio as one of the county’s greatest soldiers.

Ginocchio has stated his desire to share the 4th of July parade grand marshal honor with all Siskiyou County soldiers who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy in the United States.

He said he will be “standing in for the true grand marshals” in the parade, those who gave their lives “to serve their country in a time of need.”

To honor them, Ginocchio is putting together a list of names of Siskiyou County veterans who have been killed in action in any war. He is requesting that names be submitted by calling him at 945-8979.

“Their blood was spilled on countless battlefields on foreign shores and in foreign lands too numerous to mention,” according to Ginocchio. “They paid the ultimate price to keep us free and enjoy the freedoms we have today... Please don’t forget them, for they are your past, your present, but most of all, your future.”