Modesto-area Memorial Day events list

May 23, 2013 

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DARRYL BUSH/ - U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, Modesto division, march during the Veterans Annual Memorial Day Service at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, Calif., on Monday, May 30, 2011

DARRYL BUSH — Modesto Bee Buy Photo

— The Memorial Day program at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery on Sunday will honor American Indian veterans. Fresno representatives of the American Indian Veterans Association will present and retire the colors, play taps and give a special presentation.

Featured speaker at the 11 a.m. event in Santa Nella is the Honorable Allen B. Clark. Clark is a West Point graduate and veteran of the Vietnam War, where he lost both legs below the knees in a mortar attack. He is a recipient of the Silver Star for gallantry in action, the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Under President George H.W. Bush, Clark was assistant secretary for veterans liaison and program coordination at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He also was director of the National Cemetery System.

The author and motivational speaker has a lay ministry, Combat Faith, to help veterans recover emotionally and spiritually from adverse wartime experiences.

More on this event and other Memorial Day weekend observances:


MEMORIAL WEEKEND CAR SHOW AND CRUISE — Presented by Central Valley Knights Car Club. Cars and motorcycles, raffle, awards, music. Benefits Modesto Vet Center.

WHEN: 4 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Regal Cinemas Modesto Stadium 10, 3969 McHenry Ave.


CALL: (209) 521-2675


THE MEMORIAL WEEKEND — Welcome Home Heroes Traveling Tribute open to the public from noon Saturday to 4 p.m. Monday. Sunday, its 12th panel will be dedicated at 3 p.m. with an image of Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James R. Layton of Riverbank, who was killed Sept. 8, 2009, in Afghanistan. Sunday events also include the Wounded Warrior 5K run/walk, breakfast, community worship service, classic car show, helicopter landing and police demonstrations, kids energy zone and the arrival of Gold Star Families.

WHEN: Traveling Tribute opens at noon Saturday. Sunday events are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Woodward Park, 710 E. Woodward Ave.


INFO: (209) 239-1371,


MODESTO MEMORIAL CLASSIC 5K, 1 MILE — Benefit for the Modesto Vet Center and victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Free children's fun run. Entry includes pancake breakfast.

WHEN: Registration, 7 a.m.; races, 8 a.m. (1 mile), 8:30 a.m. (5K) and 9:45 a.m. (fun run)

WHERE: Tuolumne River Regional Park

COST: $17-$30; pancake breakfast for the first 600 registered runners

INFO:; to register, go to running/modesto-ca/modesto- memorial-classic-2013.


"Flowers for Our Fallen Soldiers" — Members of Stanislaus East Republican Women Federated, with friends and relatives, will meet at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery Visitors Center to place white carnations on graves.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road

COST: None

INFO: To participate, contact Liz Hart at (209) 527-4220 or


MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION — Flag presentation, national anthem and musical selections including "The Day the Eagle Cried," "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "God Bless the USA," speakers, wreath presentation, national moment of remembrance, rifle salute and more.

WHEN: 11 a.m.

WHERE: San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road


INFO: (209) 854-1040


MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY — Oakdale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2922 is hosting services followed by a 21-gun salute. Ron Quintinal will play taps. Anyone is welcome to come.

WHEN: 11 a.m.

WHERE: Citizens Cemetery, East J Street at Sierra Road

INFO: For more information, call Bob Burger at (209) 847-5546.


MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATIONS — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3199 will hold a Seventh Street bridge memorial ceremony with a wreath toss and 21-gun salute in Modesto, to honor those lost at sea. The observance then will move to Acacia Memorial Park in Modesto, where American Legion Post 74 will provide an honor guard. An avenue of flags will be at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson; 900 large flags will be displayed, and more than 5,000 small flags, crosses and stars of David will be on veterans' graves. A memorial ceremony will take place at Lakewood at 1 p.m. featuring guest speakers Supervisor Dick Monteith, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen and Congressman Jeff Denham.

WHEN AND WHERE: 8:30 a.m., Seventh Street bridge; 11 a.m., Acacia Memorial Park, 801 Scenic Drive; 1 p.m. Lakewood Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Ave.

INFO: For more information, call Al Menshew at (209) 537-3360 or go to


• Memorial Day service — Avenue of flags, music by the Hilmar Community Band, speakers including Turlock Mayor John Lazar, presentation of colors by Turlock Honor Guard.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Turlock Memorial Park, 425 N. Soderquist Road


• Memorial Day Ceremony — Presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post 491.

WHEN: 10 a.m.

WHERE: Ceres Memorial Park, 1801 Whitmore Ave.


• Memorial Day Ceremony — Boy Scouts will do a flag raising, flag will be dedicated in memory of George Mattos, American Heritage girls will give a presentation on military service, the poem "In Flanders Fields" will be read.

WHEN: 10 a.m.

WHERE: Patterson Cemetery District, 10800 Highway 33


• MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY — Ceremony will honor Lathrop's veterans. Guest speaker is Marine Col. Adrian W. Burke. The Lathrop High band and choir will perform and the Lathrop High JROTC will post the colors.

WHEN: 11 a.m.

WHERE: Manuel Valverde Park, 15557 Fifth St.

INFO: (209) 941-7370


• MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY — Hosted by the Livingston/Delhi Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8327 and their Ladies Auxiliary. Refreshments at the Veterans Memorial Building, Seventh and Peach streets, immediately following the ceremony.

WHEN: 5 p.m.

WHERE: Livingston Memorial Park, Park and Main streets

INFO: For more information, call Denis at (209) 394-2059.


• MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT — The Calaveras Community Band will play patriotic, swing and show tunes.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Murphys Park, Algiers and Main streets


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