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May 20, 2014 > Honoring the fallen

Honoring the fallen

The country will be asked to remember our fallen veterans on Monday, May 26 in honor of Memorial Day. Observed on the last Monday in May each year, the federal holiday is a time to pay tribute to the American men and women in the armed forces who made the greatest possible sacrifice in order to defend and uphold our freedoms.

Initially established as ÒDecoration DayÓ to honor soldiers who died in the Civil War, the holiday was expanded to include all Americans who died in war or military action. Observed by flying flags in front of homes and businesses, visiting cemeteries and placing flags or wreaths at gravesites, visiting monuments or local memorials, and taking part in parades, services, and picnics, events in the Greater Tri-City area will help community members mark the day.

Castro ValleyÕs Memorial Day event will begin with a placing of the flags with Boy Scout Troop 789 and Sea Cadets Hancock Squadron. The welcome will be delivered by VFW Post 9601 Commander Jim Uhlik and the opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance by VFW/AL Chaplain Mickey Ganitch. Congressman Eric Swalwell, Senator Ellen Corbett and Supervisor Nate Miley will be present. Remarks, reading of names of those killed in action, and the placing of wreaths will also be part of the service.

Castro Valley Veterans Memorial Event
Monday, May 26
8:55 a.m.
Castro Valley Veterans Memorial
Castro Valley Community Center & Park
18988 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley

Celebrate those who have sacrificed for freedom at this moving event with the Presentation of Colors, 21-gun Salute, Remembrance Chair, and music by the Milpitas Community Concert Band. The event will be held rain or shine.

Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 26
9 a.m.
Veterans Plaza at Milpitas City Hall
455 E. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas
(Between City Hall and Community Center)
(408) 586-3210

Ardenwood Historic Farm will be celebrating Memorial Day by offering a ÒFree Day and Open House.Ó Help with morning chores (11 a.m. Ð noon), ride the train, tour the Patterson House, and watch the blacksmith at work. Taste some farm baked cookies from the outdoor Country Kitchen (11 a.m. Ð 1 p.m.) and try your skills at some old-time games (noon Ð 1 p.m.). Take a stroll with a naturalist and learn what life was like 100 years ago (2 p.m. Ð 3 p.m.) and give the animals their afternoon meal (3 p.m.).

Free Day & Open House
Monday, May 26
10 a.m. Ð 4 p.m.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont
(510) 544-2797
Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward has conducted the Bay AreaÕs longest consecutive Memorial Day service, and hosts their 111th event this year. National Judge Advocate General David B Norris will be at the service along with Senator Ellen Corbett and Congressman Eric Swalwell. Attendees will enjoy a free barbecue, classic cars, historic displays, and veterans groups.

Lone Tree Cemetery's 111th Memorial Day Event
Monday, May 26
11 a.m.
Lone Tree Cemetery
24591 Fairview Ave, Hayward
(510) 582-1274

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery will mark the day with their annual Memorial Day Mass with festivities to follow, including refreshments, the Travis Air Force Base Color Guard, and live music. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get a seat.

Memorial Day Mass
Monday, May 26
11 a.m.
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
1051 Harder Rd, Hayward
(510) 581-2488

The ceremony at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward will include presentation of colors, music, POW/MIA Ceremony, Two-Bell Ceremony, placing of wreaths, and the American Legion District 10 Rifle Firing Team will deliver a Salute to the Fallen. Pearl Harbor survivor Mickey Ganitch will be the guest speaker.

Memorial Day
Monday, May 26
1:30 p.m.
Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park
32992 Mission Blvd, Hayward
(510) 471-3363

At the 9/11 Flight 93 Memorial in Union City the names of the 40 heroes from the flight will be read by local surviving family members in a bell chime ceremony, and there will be a replacement of the U.S. flag at the Memorial. All are invited.

9/11 Flight 93 Memorial Event
Monday, May 26
3 p.m.
Flight 93 Memorial
Sugar Mill Landing Park
30700 Carr Way, Union City

LeMans Karting in Fremont is offering a free Time-Attackª race to all service men and women in celebration of Memorial Day. The offer runs from May 26 through May 31 and includes not only military personnel, but also firemen, police officers, and paramedics.

Military Personnel Free Race
Monday, May 26 Ð Saturday, May 31
Monday: 3 p.m. Ð 9 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday: Noon Ð 9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: Noon Ð 11 p.m.
Sunday: Noon Ð 9 p.m.
LeMans Karting
45957 Hotchkiss St, Fremont
(510) 770-9001

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