Memorial Day ceremonies to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice will be held at several locations in the Lodi area on Monday. Here is the schedule:
9 a.m., Lodi Memorial Cemetery, East Pine Street at Guild Avenue: Lodi American Legion Post 22, the Post 22 Auxiliary and the Knights of Columbus will conduct the ceremony. State Legion Cmdr. Ken Kramlich of Lodi will serve as master of ceremonies, and Col. Louis E. Carmona, head of the Army, Aviation and Safety Office of the California National Guard, will be the keynote speaker. Post 22 Chaplain Chad Donley will present the invocation and a Memorial Day prayer.
Lee Mulford will sing, accompanied on the keyboard by Barbara Kettner, and Bob Clemons will perform a bagpipe medley. Ceremonial wreaths will be laid by members of the post and auxiliary. Ceremonies will close with a Missing Man formation fly by and the playing of “Taps.”
Pancakes and other refreshments will be served following the program. The public is welcome.
10:30 a.m., Cherokee Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Harney Lane off Highway 99: Pastor Mike E. Dillman, a U.S. Army veteran, will be the guest speaker. Special presentations include the Travis Air Force Base Honor Guard, the Walk of Valor honoring the 34 combat veterans from the general area who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, a roll call reading of local combat casualties by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, wreath presentations, dove release and the Missing Man formation fly-by by West Coast veterans.
11 a.m., Harmony Grove Church, Locke and Tretheway roads: Karl Welsbacher, a deacon at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Lodi, will be the keynote speaker. Tyrone Wise, commander of the Lockeford Veterans of Foreign Wars, will also speak. The VFW Honor Guard will give a 21-gun salute and play “Taps,” and the Knights of Columbus will participate. American flags will be placed on the 190 veterans’ graves at the adjacent Harmony Grove Cemetery and another 76 graves on the Catholic Cemetery on the Harmony Grove grounds.
9 a.m., Glenview Cemetery, Mackville Road north of Highway 88: Highlight will be a Civil War re-enactment led by retired Lodi Police Officer Harry Webb. Pastor Ron Martens of Clements Community Church will be the guest speaker. The ceremony will be conducted by the Lockeford Veterans of Foreign Wars.
1:30 p.m., Masonic Cemetery, Lower Sacramento Road north of Turner Road: Gilbert Woehl, a prisoner of war from World War II, will be the guest speaker for the ceremony, conducted by the Lodi Elks Lodge. The Lodi Community Band, under the direction of Bob Gross, will perform patriotic music, and members of Boy Scout Troop 291 will place flags on veterans’ graves.
At noon, all veterans are invited to have a free lunch at the Elks Lodge, located on Lower Sacramento Road between Mokelumne Street and Woodbridge Dam.
10 a.m., Galt Cemetery, 14180 Joy Drive north of Kost Road: Galt Mayor Marylou Powers and City Councilwoman Barbara Payne will be the guest speakers. Emily Nazimko of Galt Seventh-day Adventist Church will sing patriotic selections. Pastor Rick Keiser of Family Life Christian Church will give the invocation, and the presentation of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance will be led by the Galt Pathfinders Club and Galt Boy Scouts.
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