Hundreds gather in Pleasanton to pay tribute to veterans

Memorial Day observance includes music, speeches, even a jet flyover

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.


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Posted by Chris
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I would like to sincerely thank the Democrat party, especially Mr. McNerney, Obama, Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Stark, Senator Boxer and many others for their HUGE role in waking the sleeping giant of the American public.

Because of the Democrats' successful efforts in deliberately weakening America militarily and economically, people like me have been awakened and are no longer taking it for granted that we will always have our freedom, especially if the Democrats continue their disastrous policies.

I am much more patriotic than I have been in the past because I've assumed that our Congresspeople were always pro-America. I fly the American flag continuously, and take special effort to support our troops in many ways. Today we just returned from attending the wonderful and moving Memorial Day Celebration at the Presidio.

This Obama Administration and the Congressional Democrats (yes a few RINOs too) have to be defeated politically if we are going to turn this Country around. Our very freedom is at stake if people like McNerney, Obama and his Administration are not defeated politically.

God bless America.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Del Prado
on May 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Well said Chris and people are finally waking up.

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Posted by One of "those" teachers from another district
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Chris and Mike-

Whether I agree or disagree with your statements, I strongly feel this is an inappropriate thread to post them on. This article is in regard to the people of Pleasanton paying respects to those who have fought and who have died for this country.

I have attended this remembrance many times and have never view this a political event. The speakers are our elected representatives.

If you want to express this viewpoint, make a new thread or attached it to some other thread. The Memorial Day event is something Pleasanton should be proud of, not some a platform for political opinion.

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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 31, 2011 at 2:09 am

Chris & Mike -

No matter what side of the aisle you are on, it is a rather inappropriate setting to make comments like that in light of what this article/day is about.

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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 31, 2011 at 2:11 am

Maybe I missed it in the article, but what was the jet flyover about (jet types? pilot names? where are they stationed?, hometowns, etc?)

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Del Prado
on May 31, 2011 at 8:52 am

My enemies don't take a day off and neither do I.

"They bring a knife, we bring a gun." Barak Obama

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 31, 2011 at 9:00 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

Chris and Mike, Take your ranting someplace else. We honor our servicemen and women. It matters not which party they choose.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 31, 2011 at 10:23 am

The flyover, a flight of two F-16C Fighting Falcons, was courtesy of the U. S. Air Force (194th Fighter Squadron, 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard at Fresno, CA).

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown
on May 31, 2011 at 10:35 am

The jets did a flyover for the A's game in Oakland...boy, they make impressive noise and when you hear it they're usually already gone! But I did get to see them fly off into the distance...

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jun 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Next year, let's make an even more powerful statement of our appreciation for the sacrifices made by those we honor on Memorial Day by dressing in something a little nicer than blue jeans and baseball caps, shall we?

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