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Remembering the fallen

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For many, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer with pool parties, barbeques and big mall sales. But for others, it’s a day to take seriously and to honor the men and women who lost their lives in service to the country.

At the 2019 Clayton Memorial Day ceremony, Lt. Col. Mike Hudson was the featured speaker. His speech emphasized sacrifice and the gift of valor. Click here to see photos from the 2019 ceremony.

On this special day, the Pioneer looks back at some photos from the past few years in remembrance of those who were lost and how we honored them.

2017 Clayton Memorial Day ceremony
VFW Post 1525 along with the Mt. Diablo high school Junior ROTC, Boy Scout Troops 262 and 444, Cub Scout Pack 379 and Highlands Elementary Brownie Troop 32485 post the colors at the annual Memorial Day service which included Concord High’s Ladies First Choir and Gold Star Mother Roxane Langevin. (Clayton Pioneer, June 9, 2017)
Pearl Harbor survivor Chuck Kohler
Pearl Harbor survivor Chuck Kohler shared his poem “A Tour of Remembrance” at a VFW Memorial event. (Clayton Pioneer, June 8, 2018)
Tony Noble of Concord pays his respect to fellow Marine David R. Baker at Arlington National Cemetery
Tony Noble of Concord pays his respects to fellow Marine David R. Baker at Arlington National Cemetery. Tony’s mother, Loretta Masnada, is a member of the local Blue Star Moms. Masnada helped organize the installation of granite memorials at local high schools to honor fallen warriors (from Clayton Pioneer, June 10, 2016)
LT. Jerry Novakovich Post 1525 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Presentation of the Colors by the Lt. Jerry Novakovich Post 1525 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, opens the ceremony in 2015. (Clayton Pioneer, June 12, 2015)
2015 Clayton Memorial Day ceremony
Crowd photo from the 2015 Clayton Memorial Day ceremony.
A look back at Clayton's Memorial Day observance
Preparing for the 2015 Clayton Memorial Day ceremony.
Clayton Choir Yesterday’s Kids
Local Choir Yesterday’s Kids led the audience in the National Anthem followed by a Salute to the Armed Forces, with veterans of each branch of the military standing during their anthem. (Clayton Pioneer, June 12, 2015)

 

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