Pleasanton's annual Memorial Day observance will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. tonday in the garden area just south of the Pleasanton Senior Center on Sunol Boulevard.
The event, hosted by the American Legion Pleasanton Post 237 with the assistance of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Pleasanton Post 6298, honors all military veterans including those now on active duty and especially those who died while serving their country.
A preliminary musical interlude by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band under the direction of Bob Williams will begin the ceremony with the program of tributes to start at 11 a.m.
The keynote speaker will be Army Colonel Paul Marnon, who served in Afghanistan and is now deputy commander for the Pacific Training Division at Camp Parks in Dublin.
Other speakers will include Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne; Kurt Heuer, commander of VFW Post 6298, and Richard Ghera, adjutant of American Legion Post 237.
Georganne Seavey of the Blue Star Moms in Danville will sing the National Anthem with the Rev. Richard Rogers, pastor of Faith Chapel Church in Pleasanton, delivering the invocation.
During the ceremony, the Legion will also honor Christina Mitne, a senior at Foothill High School, for earning the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts, and Christopher Azuma, a senior at Amador Valley High School who won this year's American Legion Oratorical Contest.
The program will conclude at noon with Taps played by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band and a 21-gun salute, honoring veterans who lost their lives while serving the country.
For more information, contact Patrick Leary at (816) 225-1805, or email firstname.lastname@example.org/