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May 24, 2005 > A day to honor our fallen heros

A day to honor our fallen heros

by Linda Stone

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have fallen in battle serving our country. Millions have died for the idea of freedom and the dream of democracy. We honor them with parades and speeches and listen to sweet soulful sounds of bugles playing taps.

This public holiday began with the Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.

Nationally, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. The president or vice-president will give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

On December 28, 2000, by Public Law 106-579, the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance was established. The Moment has the personal support of the President of the United States. At 3:00 p.m. local time (duration: one minute) on Memorial Day participants are asked to pause from whatever you are doing for a moment of silence. The Moment does not replace the traditional Memorial Day observances. It is intended to be a unifying act of remembrance for Americans of all ages. As you participate in the Moment you are helping reclaim Memorial Day for the noble and sacred reason for which it was intended-to honor those who died in service to our Nation. The time, 3:00 p.m., was chosen because it is the time when many Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.

The 2005 National Memorial Day Concert will be broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, May 29 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET. This year's concert commemorates the 60th Anniversary of Iwo Jima and honors our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tri-City events include:

Memorial Day at Veterans Park
Monday, May 30
9 a.m.
Veterans Memorial Park
Civic Center Plaza
457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held to honor local service men and women who have given their lives in the cause of freedom. The morning's program will feature patriotic songs, veteran speeches and a 21 Rifle Salute by the American Legion District 13 Honor Guard. A special plaque dedication will also take place to honor the Milpitas Veterans Club. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Ceremony will be held rain or shine.

Special Home Town Event
The 91st Division Army Band is hosting the United States Coast Guard Band for a free Memorial Day Concert.

Special Home Town Event
Monday, May 30
3:00 p.m.
Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward

Chapel of the Chimes presents "The Annual Memorial Day Veteran's Tribute"
Special Guests Roberta Cooper, Mayor of Hayward, Sheila Young, Mayor of San Leandro and representative Louise Tamayo from "Operation: MOM" to speak at the event. Activities include: placement of wreaths at the foot of the memorial located in the Garden of Honor, Arroyo High School Band & Choir, Honor Guard of the 10th District American Legion, Pledge of Allegiance by the Cub Scout pack 603 Hayward, Two Bell Ceremony, gun salute, Posting Colors of over 15 local Veteran and service member groups, children's educational booth with Lulu the Clown, hot dogs and cold drinks. This is a free event.

Chapel of the Chimes presents "The Annual Memorial Day Veteran's Tribute"
Monday, May 30
1:30 p.m.
32992 Mission Blvd., Hayward
Len Burton-Hardin at (510) 441-5570

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