Modesto-area Memorial Day events

Ceremonies commemorating Memorial Day are planned around the Northern San Joaquin Valley and foothills this weekend. Here is a partial listing:


MANTECA: Flags over Manteca at Sunrise. 9 a.m. Dedication of memorial at Big League Dreams sports complex. Ceremony at East Union Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. Taps will be played at Big League Dreams at 8 p.m.

ESCALON: 28320 E. River Road, about one mile west of Santa Fe Road. Service with 21-gun salute at 11 a.m., sponsored by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars

MODESTO: Seventh Street Bridge. 9 a.m. Flowers dropped into Tuolumne River in memory of military personnel lost at sea. 529-8192.

MODESTO: Acacia Memorial Park, 801 Scenic Drive, 11 a.m. 522-0452.

HUGHSON: Lakewood Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Ave. 1 p.m. Guest speakers: Frank Machado, past commander of American Legion Post 74 and Gold Star father Michael Anderson Sr. Also, wreath laying by veterans' auxiliaries, funeral detail firing squad, bagpiper. 664-1599.

TURLOCK: Turlock Memorial Park, Soderquist Road and West Main Avenue. 10 a.m. 632-9111.

CERES: Ceres Memorial Park, Whitmore Avenue, west of Highway 99. 6 a.m., Avenue of Flags placed. Volunteers are welcome to arrive at 5:30 a.m. to help set up. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Color guard and rifle salute. Mayor Anthony Cannella will be featured speaker. 538-3432.

NEWMAN: Hills Ferry Cemetery, Stuhr and Draper roads, west of Highway 33. 11 a.m. March to the flagpole, music, guest speaker, wreath laying. 854-3488.

HUGHSON: Lakewood Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Ave. 1 p.m. Al Menshew, state veterans legislative representative for the American Legion, master of ceremonies. Gold Star father Michael Anderson Sr. will speak. Bagpipers and bugler. 21-gun salute. 883-4465.

MERCED: District Cemetery, 1300 B St. 10:30 a.m. Wreath laying, rifle salute, taps, guest speaker. 723-1169 or 722-0940.

TURLOCK: Turlock Community Auditorium, 1574 E. Canal Drive. 1 to 6 p.m. Memorial Day Gospel Fest. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at door, children younger than 12 and students free. Tickets at Beardsley's in Modesto and Family Bible in Turlock. 538-3838.

COLUMBIA: The Columbia Dragoons re-enact historical events from Tuolumne Rangers, Civil War volunteers. A Historical Black Powder salute presented by The Columbia Grenadine Belles and The Columbia Foot Dragoons. Columbia City Cemetery, Columbia. 11 a.m. 533-3663.

TWAIN HARTE: The annual Memorial Day Parade downtown at 11:30 a.m. will honor servicemen and women. A flag dedication will be held at the Arch and a hot dog barbecue will be at Eproson Park after dedication.