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Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:14 am, Tue Mar 13, 2012.

Singer Linda Ronstadt and Gov. Jerry Brown may be attending the installation of a plaque Ronstadt funded to acknowledge participants in the Bracero program.

The Bracero program was a World War II work program that allowed for the temporary importation of workers from Mexico to aid the American agricultural economy by serving as replacement works for American soldiers. The program continued until the late 1960s.

Ronstadt contributed $800 for the plaque to be installed at McLeod Park, Fremont and Center streets, Stockton, on March 31. The day will begin with a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Mexican Heritage Center, 111 S. Center St., Stockton.

The event is sponsored by Mexican Heritage Center & Gallery, American Friends Service Committee Proyecto Voz and University of the Pacific.

It isn’t known whether Brown or Ronstadt will be able to attend, but former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso of Herald, Judge Thelton Henderson and former California Rural Legal Assistance attorney Maurice Jourdane will be in attendance.

Tickets for the prayer breakfast is $20 and may be purchased by calling 209-952-0256. The plaque installation ceremony is free and open to the public.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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