War dead will be honored with flag-raisings, services

Holiday closings

By Thaddeus Miller / tmiller@losbanosenterprise.comMay 23, 2013 

A number of veterans-related activities are planned during the weekend and beyond in observance of Memorial Day.

American Legion Post 166 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2487 will raise the American flag today at 8 a.m. at Volta Elementary School, followed by a similar service at 8:45 a.m. at Henry Miller Elementary and at 9:15 a.m. at Los Banos Elementary.

The veterans groups also plan to display flags early Monday morning at businesses and homes that sign up for a year-round fundraiser. For more on that, call Alvin Marques at (209) 826-2927.

At 9:30 a.m. Monday, a Memorial Day service is planned at the Los Banos District Cemetery, 16675 S. Center Ave.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will honor American Indians in the military in a two-hour ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, Santa Nella.

Allen B. Clark, a Vietnam veteran, will be guest speaker.

From 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, local veterans will conduct a "Buddy Poppy" drive. The poppies are assembled nationwide by disabled, needy and aging veterans, and the majority of the proceeds will go to provide local veteran services and welfare. Some of the proceeds also support the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of veterans. Poppy sales will be held in front of the post office and Los Banos Drugs on Sixth Street, Save Mart and Wal-Mart on Pacheco Boulevard and Kmart on Mercey Springs Road.

In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May. The day set aside to honor all veterans, living and dead, is Veterans Day. It is celebrated each year on Nov. 11, which this year falls on a Monday.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@

losbanosenterprise.com.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanosenterprise.com.

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