More than 100 people gathered Monday at Acacia Memorial Park in Modesto to honor the men and women who gave their lives defending this country while serving in the military.
The Memorial Day ceremony included remarks from Modesto Councilwoman Kristi Ah You, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, Assemblyman Adam Gray and Army veteran and Waterford Councilman Joshua Whitfield. American Legion Post 74 provided the honor guard and officials with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3199 also were on hand, as well as the MusiCadets Alumni Band playing patriotic favorites.
Boy Scout Troop 14 and Cub Scout Pack 14 also took part in the ceremony that the memorial park has held annually for decades.
“It’s important for them to remember why we have the freedoms we have,” Modesto resident Nancy Tennis said of her twin 8-year-old grandsons, Gavin and Gage Young, who are in Cub Scout Pack 14. This is the third year her grandsons have taken part in the Memorial Day observance at Acacia.
“This is very important,” she said. “This is very important for them to become fine, upstanding young men, and to know why we celebrate Memorial Day, to celebrate the veterans and those who died protecting our freedoms. It’s really important that the children know that. That’s why we have school freedom and religious freedom and all of the other freedoms that we as Americans share.”
Memorial Day was celebrated throughout Stanislaus County on Monday.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion did their annual drop of flowers from Modesto’s Seventh Street Bridge into the Tuolumne River to honor those lost at sea. Ceremonies also were planned in Patterson, Riverbank, Turlock, Denair and at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson.
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