Traditional Memorial Day services will be held in Lodi, Woodbridge, Lockeford, Clements and Galt. The first one will begin at 9 a.m. at Lodi Memorial Cemetery, and the last one is set for 1 p.m. at Woodbridge Masonic Cemetery.
Here is the schedule:
- 9 a.m., Lodi Memorial Cemetery, 5750 E. Pine St. Guest speakers will be American Legion veterans Bob Handel and Lodi City Councilman Alan Nakanishi. Music by Lee Mulford and Barbara Kettner, invocation by Pastor Chris Townsend of Emanuel Lutheran Church, “Taps” by Bob Gross. There will be a fly-by honoring the “Missing Man.”
- 10:30 a.m., Cherokee Memorial Park, entrances on Beckman Road and Kettleman Lane. Guest speaker is Michael D. Anderson Sr., a Gold Star father. Will also include presentations by the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard, Karl Ross American Legion Post honor guard, roll call of 33 local combat veterans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, wreaths by local veterans’ organizations, dove release and fly-by in “Missing Man” formation by the West Coast Ravens.
- 10 a.m., Galt Cemetery, 14180 Joy Drive. Keynote speakers are Galt Mayor Barbara Payne and retired Galt Fire Chief Tim Mrozinski. Other speakers are Galt Police Sgt. Craig Walton, a representative from the Cosumnes Community Services District, and Charles Marshall, of the Galt Veterans Association. Music by Emily Mazimko, who grew up in Herald and is a student-teacher in Elk Grove. Invocation by Jon Kibler-McCabe of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. Law enforcement, firefighters, military personnel and the Galt Public Works Department will be honored.
- Noon to 1 p.m., free lunch for veterans hosted by the Lodi Elks Lodge, 19071 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Woodbridge.
- 1:30 p.m., Woodbridge Masonic Cemetery on east side of Lower Sacramento Road, south of the Woodbridge Irrigation District canal. Guest speaker is U.S. Army Warrant Officer Eugene Peters, a member of the Woodbridge Masonic Lodge who just returned from Afghanistan. It was his fifth deployment.
The Lodi Community Band will perform under the direction of Art Holton Jr., Boy Scout Troop 291 will place flags on the graves of veterans, and wreaths will be laid by the Lodi American Legion Post and Auxiliary, the Delta Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War, the Lodi Chapter of Disabled American Veterans, Pearl Harbor Survivors and the Lodi Elks Lodge.
- 9 a.m., Glenview Cemetery on Mackville Road, north of Highway 88. No information available.
- 11 a.m., Harmony Grove Cemetery, Locke Road east of Tretheway Road. Ryan Dinkel will be installed as commander of Lockeford Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Karl Welsbacher, a deacon at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Lodi, will speak and pray. After the ceremony, Welsbacher will lead a Rosary for all Catholics buried at Harmony Grove.
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