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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - May 24, 2013

Pleasanton to hold Memorial Day ceremony Monday

Morning event to include patriotic music, tribute to veterans

by Jeb Bing

Pleasanton's annual Memorial Day observance will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday 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.

Parking and restrooms are available at the Senior Center.

A preliminary musical interlude by the Pleasanton Community 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 Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, the commanding general of the California National Guard.

Directly following the ceremony will be a free barbecue at the Veterans Memorial Building at 301 Main St. in downtown Pleasanton. Junior and senior high school students who won the Patriotic Essay contest will be recognized at the barbecue.

The "Voice of Democracy" award will be given to Sricharana Muppidi, a senior at Amador Valley High School who was also on the school's "We The People" civics team that won second place in national competition last month in Washington, D.C. Nathaniel Wong of St. Joachim School in Hayward will receive the "Patriot Pen" award.

Tomorrow morning, as the Memorial Day weekend begins, Pleasanton Scouts will place special bronze grave markers with flags on veteran graves in the city's Pioneer Cemetery and at the adjacent St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery.

For more information, contact Patrick Leary at (816) 225-1805, or email commander.vfw6298@gmail.com.

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