Today's Memorial Day Events

MANTECA: Memorial Day ceremony at East Union Cemetery, 10 a.m. There will be a parade through downtown at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce. "Traveling Tribute" is open for viewing at Woodward Park until sunset.

MODESTO: Seventh Street Bridge, 9 a.m. Flowers will be dropped into the Tuolumne River in memory of military personnel lost at sea.

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

HUGHSON: Lakewood Memorial Park, 900 Santa Fe Ave., 1 p.m. Speakers, laying of a wreath, songs, bagpiper.

TURLOCK: Turlock Memorial Park, Soderquist Road and West Main Avenue. Hilmar Community Band plays at 10 a.m. A ceremony will follow.

CERES: Ceres Cemetery, 1801 E. Whitmore Ave., Events: Avenue of Flags, keynote speaker Mayor Anthony Cannella, Sheriff Adam Christianson will read the Roll Call of the Fallen, and Steve Scott will pay a special tribute to Capt. Raymond Hill and Lance Cpl. Juana Navarro-Arellano, who were killed in Iraq.

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.

MERCED: District Cemetery, 1300 B St., 10:30 a.m. Wreath laying, rifle salute, playing of taps, guest speaker.

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. 10:45 a.m.

RIVERBANK: Dedication of a war memorial and placing of a plaque to honor Petty Officer 3rd Class James Layton. The Riverbank resident and Navy corpsman was killed in Afghanistan. The Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base will perform. In front of the community center, 3600 Santa Fe St., 11 a.m.