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Rancho Cordova Memorial Day Event Honors Local Heroes

“Honoring Our Local Heroes” will be the focus at the 5th annual Memorial Day Celebration at the Veterans Memorial Plaza on Monday, May 30th at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the City of Rancho Cordova; the Department of Veterans Affairs, Northern California Health Care System; and Heritage Community Credit Union, the program will take place at the Sacramento VA Medical Center Memorial Plaza that is located at 10535 Hospital Way in Mather.

Fernando Ponce, an Iraqi war veteran, will introduce and pay special tribute to three local veteran heroes: Paul Zimmer, Upton Gassaway, and Wayne Omori.

While folding the American flag, members of the Emblem Club 479, the auxiliary for the Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge, will do a unique presentation of the flag’s history.

Guest speakers will include Morrie Turner, a World War II veteran and a nationally syndicated cartoonist; Barbara Ward, Deputy Secretary of Women and Minorities of the California Department of Veteran Affairs; California Assemblywoman Alyson Huber; and Brigadier General David Baldwin, Adjutant General of the California National Guard.

Patriotic music will be presented by the AmVets Band and the St. John Vianney Choir. “Amazing Grace” will be performed by Lyle Seeband on the bagpipes and Sarah McGarvey will sing the National Anthem.

Rancho Cordova Mayor Robert J. McGarvey, an Air Force veteran, and Dr. William Cahill, VA Northern California Healthcare System Chief of Staff, will welcome attendees. The Navy Sea Cadets will present the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Bob Burns, Sr., a veteran of three wars. The Honor Guard, made up of members of the U.S. Marine Corps Motor Transport Maintenance Company 4th Maintenance Battalion, will do a 21- gun salute. The invocation and benediction will be by the Reverend Larry Stafford from the Cordova Church of Christ.

Also on the program will be Dawn Lindblom, CEO of the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross, and representatives from Congressman Dan Lungren’s and Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s offices.

The newest commemorative bricks dedicated to local men and women of the armed services will be on display.

During the program, the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing will do a flyover.

For additional information, please contact Robin Jackson at (916) 240-3370.


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