For too many Americans, Memorial Day has come to mean little more than an opportunity for a BBQ or a sale at Macy's. But for those who wish to pay homage to all those lost to war fighting for our country, there are several Bay Area Memorial Day events to choose from. This is just a sampling:USS Hornet Museum - Memorial Day Ceremony
May 28, 2007
A Memorial Day ceremony will be held on board the USS Hornet Museum from 1-2 p.m. on Monday, May 28. The event will remember and honor those men and women in the military services who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Veterans of past and present wars will be honored during a special Memorial Day service. Tours of the ship will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3)organization with the goal of inspiring people of all ages to experience naval history, science, and space technology first-hand. A registered State and National Historic Landmark, the USS Hornet is docked permanently at the former Naval Air Station in Alameda and is open to the public for an admission fee. The museum is open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave, Pier 3, in Alameda, CA.
Regular admission price is $14 for adults and $6 for kids. Free parking. More information: (510)521-8448 or www.hornetevents.com
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.Free Memorial Day Concert of Appreciaton and Support for the Gold Star Families and Blue Star Moms
For a third year, Creekside Community Church in San Leandro is hosting an evening concert in appreciation of and support for the Blue Star Moms and the Gold Star parents. The theme is "Proud of Each Other in the Land of the Free." So please come and encourage these military families whose loved ones have given their lives for our country or are now in harms way. This concert will feature the US Air Force Band of the GoldenWest - brass quintet, and the Fret Not old-time gospel band.
Quotes from Gold Star parents:"As national support weakens for our efforts at defending ourselves against those who hate us, your support has a great strengthening effect on those of us who continue to wait and pray for our loved ones who have selflessly volunteered to put themselves in harms way."
- Gold Star Parent
"I can't tell you what a simple word of thanks means to us, to have you all come out and show your support for us and the job our sons and daughters are doing. ...Never underestimate what a thank you means to us."
- Blue Star Mom
"We hope it is clear that from the heart of the Bay Area, we are among the many who whole-heartedly support our military personnel and their noble cause to fight for liberty in this world and thereby secure us from our enemies. We are proud to say that your cause is our cause."
- Community/Concert Organizer
for the e-invitation.Memorial Day Ceremony at the Presidio - Honor and Remember
Monday, May 28, 2007
10:30 am – parade at the Presidio Main Parade Ground
11 am – program at SF National Cemetery at the Presidio
The event begins at 10:30 am at the Presidio Main Post Parade Ground. A parade led by the 91st Division Color Guard Pipes and Drum Band will proceed to the nearby National Cemetery.
At 11 am, the formal ceremony will include a laying of wreaths, remarks, a reading of the Gettysburg address, music by Pleasanton Community Concert Band, and a 21 gun salute. The ceremony will be followed by tours led by National Park Service rangers. A 1 pm Memorial Day event will follow at the Presidio Interfaith Center
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From the KSFO website
:San Francisco USS Pampanito Submarine Memorial Day “Lost Boat” Ceremony
May 28, 2007
This Memorial Day, join 200 submarine veterans in the “Lost Boat” ceremony honoring comrades and submarines lost at sea. The moving ceremony aboard the World War II submarine, USS Pampanito, features sixty-five bell tolls, flag dips and flower tosses for each boat and crew on “eternal patrol.” The ceremony starts 1pm at San Francisco’s Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf. To find out more, call 415-775-1943, or on the Web at www.maritime.org
.VNVDV Memorial Day Ceremony
May 28, 2007
The VNVDV will commemorate Memorial Day at Oak Hill Park, Danville, Ca (next to Monte Vista H.S.) - All Wars Memorial at 10:30 am. The ceremony will feature the Blue Star Moms singing group, music, fly overs, Sentinels of Freedom and veterans. The speaker for the event is Undersecretary for Veterans Affairs for California, Retired Two Star General Roger Brautigan.