RIVERBANK — National Guard Staff Sgt. Mike Gamino didn’t think twice when he was asked to help paint more than 5,000 crosses to honor those who have died while serving in the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Along with 17 other war veterans, Gamino, 41, grabbed a paintbrush and got to work building a display for next month’s Memorial Day activities.
“It’s a form of remembrance,” said Gamino, a Salida man who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq. “It’s also a way for us to come together and bond; like a brotherhood.”