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Memorial Day Observances

May 02, 2016 08:10AM ● By Elena Hutslar

Memorial Day Observances

Local Memorial Day observances will take place on Monday, May 30, to honor and preserve the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in all wars and conflicts in service of our nation.



A two-part ceremony will begin at the Alhambra Cemetery on Carquinez Scenic Drive at 9am, with a benediction, placing of the wreath by the Sea Cadets, and the pledge of allegiance. Services will resume at the All Veterans Monument at Berrellesa Street and Alhambra Avenue at 10am, with public officials, a keynote speaker, patriotic music, a 21-gun salute, and playing of Taps. American Legionnaires and VFW comrades will provide firing detail, with backup from the Sea Cadets carrying the organizational and service flags. Following the ceremony, meet at the Martinez Veterans Memorial Building, where American Legion Post 29 will provide refreshments while the 30-piece Diablo Regional Concert Band provides entertainment.


Pleasant Hill

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier and other elected representatives from state, county and local communities are invited to speak at the Contra Costa County Veterans Monument at the corner of Contra Costa Boulevard and Boyd Road at 1pm. The program includes a procession of massed colors of veterans’ organizations in attendance from around the county, a Sea Cadets Color Guard, and the Military History Preservation Group Firing Party for the traditional 21 gun salute, followed by a playing of Taps. Recorded patriotic music will play throughout the program. A tent and chairs will be in place for your comfort, and refreshments will be served following the observance. The Veterans Remembrance Committee, established in 1924, participates in hospitalized veterans’ causes. They will assist in presenting the program and welcome your attendance.


Walnut Creek

The City of Walnut Creek's Memorial Day observance will pay tribute to American GIs from the Civil War to present day with a unique program featuring live music and dramatic readings. The free event begins at 10am Monday, May 30, at Civic Park, and concludes with the laying of wreaths at the Veterans Memorial Plaza. The Walnut Creek Concert Band, under the direction of Harvey Benstein, will perform.