Families and friends will pause this weekend to remember loved ones who have passed at services across the valley and foothills.
Sonora and Manteca get a jump on Memorial Weekend with activities today.
First Assembly of God Church in Manteca will present the first of three weekend performances of "Not Forgotten" at 6 p.m. In Sonora, Clarke Broadcasting is sponsoring pro-troop activities including an honor roll to be sent to serving military personnel as well as a collection of small necessities for those overseas.
Saturday, the Manteca church will dedicate a traveling tribute to those who have lost their lives since Sept. 11. It also will hold a welcome home fireworks show dedicated to soldiers at 8 p.m.
Sunday, the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery offers it annual tribute with a theme of remembering the Navy's sacrifices at sea. A World War II submariner is scheduled to be master of ceremonies.
Monday, U.S. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, will speak at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson at 11 a.m., along with Gold Star father Michael Anderson Sr.
At the Columbia City Cemetery, the Tuolumne Rangers will be remembered in dramatizations beginning at 10 a.m. The historic tableaus will honor the Rangers for their service in the Civil War.
The Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial will be in Stockton next week. The ribbon cutting will be at Weber Point Event Center on Thursday at 4 p.m. A special program honoring veterans will be held May 30 at noon. The Wall will move on June 2. For more information, call 476-1373 or 598-3128.
The local schedule:
SONORA: Support Our Troops, Courthouse Park, Washington Street, across from the Veterans Memorial Hall and Military Museum in downtown. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. sponsored by Clarke Broadcasting, AM1450 KVML, Star 92.7 KZSQ, Today's Country 93.5 KKBN and MyMotherLode.com. People are invited to sign an honor roll that will be sent to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. A live broadcast will be on KVML-KZSQ-KKBN. Operation Mom will collect items for troops, such as food treats, personal hygiene items, books, puzzles, etc. 533-1450, www.MyMotherLode.com.
MANTECA: First Assembly of God Church, 486 Button Ave. 6:30 p.m. "Not Forgotten," drama/musical presentation. 239-1371 or www.thememorialweekend.com.
MANTECA: First Assembly of God Church, 486 Button Ave. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. "The Welcome Home Heroes Traveling Tribute" bears the names of 4,511 men and women and will be housed beneath a 16,000-square-foot cover. The memorial will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Classic car show at 9 a.m., a parade honoring the Gold Star families at 3:15 p.m., the evening performance of "Not Forgotten" at 6:30 p.m., and fireworks celebrating the safe return of soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan at approximately 8 p.m. 239-1371 or www.thememorialweekend.com.
MODESTO: River Ranch Church offers services, family activities, Gold Star family honor, flag ceremony, barbecue, rockwall, water slide, music, jumphouses, police and fire vehicles. It's at 10:45 a.m., Modesto Christian School, 5755 Sisk Road. Fun begins at noon. 529-8900, 402-6991.
MANTECA: First Assembly of God Church, 486 Button Ave. 10 a.m. "Not Forgotten" drama/musical presentation. 239-1371 or www.thememorialweekend.com.
SANTA NELLA: San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road. Starts at 11 a.m. Guest speaker: Steve Muro, director of field operations for the national cemetery. Lemoore Naval Air Station will present the colors for all branches of service and will provide a rifle salute. Fresno Stag and Thistle Band. Marsha Silva. Wreath laying by Gold Star mothers and wives. Joe Cox, representing World War II submariners, will be master of ceremonies. 854-1040, ext. 107.
MODESTO: Seventh Street Bridge. 9 a.m. Flowers dropped into Tuolumne River in memory of military personnel lost at sea. 664-1599. 529-8192
MODESTO: St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery chapel, 1141 Scenic Drive. A 9 a.m. Mass in English and an 11 a.m. Mass in Spanish. Rev. Khoi Pham and Father Ernesto Arbelaez.
MODESTO: Acacia Memorial Park, 801 Scenic Drive, 11 a.m. 522-0452.
TURLOCK: Turlock Memorial Park, Soderquist Road and West Main Avenue. 10 a.m. Scheduled speakers include Turlock Mayor John Lazar and City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide. 632-9111.
CERES: Ceres Memorial Park, Whitmore Avenue west of Highway 99. On Saturday, 8 a.m. crosses are placed on graves by Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion volunteers. Monday, 6 a.m., avenue of flags placed. Volunteers are welcome to arrive at 5:30 a.m. to help set up the Avenue of Flags. Memorial service at 10 a.m. to include pinning poppies on wreaths in memory of those lost in war; color guard; and rifle salute. Mayor Anthony Cannella will be featured speaker. 538-3432.
NEWMAN: Hills Ferry Cemetery, Stuhr and Draper roads, west of Highway 33. 11 a.m. 854-3488.
HUGHSON: Lakewood Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Ave., between Empire and Hughson, 1 p.m. Al Menshew, state veterans legislative representative for the American Legion, master of ceremonies. Gold Star father Michael Anderson Sr. and U.S. Rep. Dennis Cardoza of Merced will speak. Bagpipes and bugler. 21-gun salute. 883-4465, 664-1599
MERCED: District Cemetery, 1300 B St. 10 a.m. Guest speaker: Randy Wharton, American Legion National Executive Committee. Wreath laying, rifle salute, taps. 723-1169 or 722-0940.
TURLOCK: Turlock Community Auditorium, 1574 E. Canal Drive, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Memorial Day Gospel Fest. $12 advance, $15 at door, children younger than 12 and students free. Tickets at Beardsley's in Modesto and Family Bible in Turlock. 538-3838.
COLUMBIA: The Columbia Dragoons will re-enact historical events from Tuolumne Rangers, Civil War volunteers. 10 a.m. Columbia City Cemetery, Columbia. Free. 533-3663.
TWAIN HARTE: Downtown, 11:30 a.m. parade. Honoring veterans with flag-raising ceremony at arch and free hot dog picnic at Eproson Park. 586-4482.