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We have now gained access to our Warrior’s Retreat on the Merced River , have found our sanctuary from the sanctuary is a total loss. We have lost the cabin and sleeping areas, along with this we have also lost all of our Gold mining equipment, tools and building materials . This is the home of WES serving Veterans, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, and First Responders. We also provide safe haven for Girl Scouts, Blue Star families, and Gold Star Moms. Veterans from Yountville Veterans Home we’re making plans to campout. We also have been gathering construction materials to fix up the miners cabin for Gold Star Moms grief counseling and expand the Girl Scout footprint. The heartbreak is the history lost. Big Grizzly Mtn, and the mines we work are named after vegetation shaped by nature in the form of a mother bear. The sacred bear has been there for hundreds of years. Two miles up Ned’s Gulch is a stand of trees, Tall coastal Oak tree, that both miners and railroad men slept under. After the railroad was pulled for WWII scrap metal in 1944, miner took over the RR foreman’s shack, Bob METZLER raised two boys, while wife Betty worked at Cedar Lodge. SGT. Metzler was a Tank Commander during the Battle of the Bulge. Family and WES buried SGT. METZLER in the cemetery with honors on property. Mariposa Strong is term that has been around for a while now, I would Mariposa Tough for those that endure. This is the fifth Fire in as many years, Merced River has flooded twice in those years. Flash floods have taken two of Mariposa’s citizens and this fire has claimed two Fire Fighters. We are here to serve those who put their lives in jeopardy. We who live free honor those who have fallen