Hundreds turned out for Monday's Memorial Day observance in Pleasanton, many carrying small flags and all joining in singing patriotic songs during the ceremonies.
This year's ceremonies were held for the first time on open grounds next to the Pleasanton Senior Center. Traditionally held at the city's cemetery on Sunol Boulevard, last year's peak attendance overwhelmed the limited open space available there, with roads into the cemetery and on Sunol Boulevard also filled to capacity.
Hosted by the American Legion Pleasanton Post 237 with the assistance of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Pleasanton Post 6298, this year's ceremony included special music by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band and Memorial Day speeches and remembrances by community leaders.
Speakers included Pleasanton Vice Mayor and Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) and Deputy Garrison Commander Larry Smith of the Camp Parks Training Center.
Capt. Matthew Holder, the military chaplain at Camp Parks, offered the invocation and the benediction.
Joe Steiber, commander of the Pleasanton American Legion post, served as master of ceremonies for the Memorial Day event.
Last Saturday, local Scout troops placed plaques and flags on graves at both the Catholic cemetery and at the former I.O.O.F Memorial Cemetery, which is now owned by the city of Pleasanton and renamed the Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery.
Joe Steiber, commander of the Pleasanton American Legion post, will serve as master of ceremonies for the Memorial Day event.