Remembering Pearl Harbor
The Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, along with Save Mount Diablo, will be holding their annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Mount Diablo Beacon Lighting Ceremony on Friday on the 77th anniversary of the attacks.
The beacon, which was extinguished as part of a coastal blackout after Pearl Harbor, was not reignited until Pearl Harbor Day 1964, when it was illuminated for one night -- a tradition that has continued for 55 years to honor the victims and survivors.
The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. Friday with opening remarks in Concord. After a performance of "America the Beautiful" by Steve Barton, a Vietnam War-era helicopter -- provided by the Vietnam Helicopters Museum -- will fly over the ceremony toward the beacon at precisely 4:45 p.m., preceding the 5 p.m. beacon lighting.
The ceremony will be held in the Oak Room of the Library Building at the California State East Bay Concord Campus, 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road.
Volunteers will gather this Saturday to assemble commemorative wreaths that will be placed on all 560-plus military veteran gravesites at Pioneer Cemetery as part of the annual Wreaths Across Pleasanton program.
The assembling will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church at 1225 Hopyard Road from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants are asked to dress for cold weather and bring garden gloves, clippers and/or pliers if they have them.
The wreaths will be placed at Pioneer Cemetery gravesites the following Saturday morning (Dec. 15).
For more information on volunteering or to donate, visit www.wreathsacrosspleasanton.org.
Bus ticket drive
Livermore resident Jacky Poulsen, in partnership with Asbury United Methodist Church, has kicked off the third annual bus ticket drive, which raises money for homeless and in-need residents in the Tri-Valley who cannot afford to purchase tickets for public buses.
Last year's program resulted in nearly 8,000 free tickets, which were given to local nonprofits to distributed to their clients most in-need during the holiday season.
This year, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority is matching the first $1,500 of donations (equal to 937 free tickets). To learn about the program, visit http://bit.ly/2018bustickets.