Memorial Day ceremonies around PlumasFeather Publishing5/26/2010
The fifth annual Plumas County Veteran’s Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31, at the veterans’ memorial in Dame Shirley Plaza in Quincy.
The service includes a veterans’ parade, refreshments, patriotic music, a flag ceremony, a keynote address and special speakers.
Veteran memorial committee chairman and veteran Robert Zernich will give the welcoming address. Rev. George Tarleton will lead the invocation and Andy Anderson will deliver the keynote address. Supervisor Lori Simpson will also speak.
Boy Scout Troop No. 151 will raise the flag, the Quincy Elks Lodge No. 1884 will present the flag ceremony, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Portola Post, will offer a gun salute. John Flanigan will sing the national anthem, and J.P. Reynolds will play “Taps.”
The ceremony is dedicated to the memory of Spc. Jeremiah P. McCleery, who was killed in action May 5, 2009, in Iraq.
For more information, call Robert Zernich at 283-1010.
The Lake Almanor American Legion, Harry Doble Post No. 664 will host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 31, at the Chester Cemetery.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and will include a Gold Star Mother presentation, a program by keynote speaker Sheriff Greg Hagwood and memorial speaker Pastor Ken Goodban.
“As for our Gold Star Mother presentation, if there are any persons with this special distinction, please let us know about it so we may recognize you,’ Post Commander Greg Scott said.
He also said, “It doesn’t matter whether you are a local resident or a Memorial Day guest, if you are a Gold Star Mother give me a call.”
Boy Scout Troop No. 36 will be on hand early to set up the Avenue of Flags and will participate with the color guard. Members of American Legion Boys State delegates will participate in playing "Taps."
Scott said there would be at least three musical selections by the Lake Almanor Community Church.
For more information about the Memorial Day ceremony, call Post Commander Greg Scott at 258-3212.
Indian Valley American Legion members will conduct special Memorial Day ceremonies Monday, May 31, at five Indian Valley cemeteries.
They will begin at 10 a.m., with a ceremony under the flag at the Greenville Cemetery.
Then they will stop at the Gorbet Family Cemetery, the Crescent Mills Cemetery, Taylorsville Cemetery and the Chico Jim Cemetery on North Valley Road. There is usually about a 30-minute period between ceremonies.
Local veterans’ groups will mark veterans’ graves with flags and honor them with a 21-gun salute, a prayer and a rendition of “Taps” at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31, at Shady Rest Cemetery.
Congressman Tom McClintock will be the keynote speaker Thursday, June 3, for a ceremony to re-name the Portola post office after Specialist Jeremiah P. McCleery, 24, of Portola, who died last year while serving in Iraq. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m.