VA Northern California Health Care System
Memorial Day 2014
"Remembering Our Veterans and Honoring the Commitment of the American Red Cross" will be the theme at Rancho Cordova's 8th annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 26th, at the Sacramento VA Medical Center Memorial Plaza, 10535 Hospital Way in Mather.
Pre-program entertainment featuring the Rancho Cordova River City Band will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the commemoration program will start at 10 a.m.
Keynote speaker will be Kathleen Weis, CEO of the American Red Cross Capital Region. Also on the program will be Congressman Ami Bera, California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, California Senator Jim Nielsen, California Assemblyman Ken Cooley, and Rancho Cordova Mayor Dan Skoglund.
During the program, the band will play several selections, including the "Armed Forces Medley," "Let Freedom Ring," and "My Buddy." Lyle Seeband will pipe "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes.
Master of Ceremonies will be Bob Burns, Sr., USA (Ret.). Mr. David Stockwell, the VA NCHCS Director, and Rancho Cordova Vice Mayor Robert J. McGarvey, an Air Force Veteran, will welcome attendees. The Cordova High School USAF Junior ROTC with Richard J. Keys and Raymond E. Kirkland, both USAF (Retired), will present and retire the colors. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by USMC Sgt. Samuel Tana. The National Anthem will be sung by Dana Grossi, Management Technician for the City of Rancho Cordova. The invocation and benediction will be led by VA NCHCS Chaplain Raymond L. Johnson.
The newest commemorative bricks dedicated to local men and women of the armed services will be acknowledged by John Hinson, Acting Associate Director of the VA NCHCS, Sacramento Valley. Brick donors will be escorted by the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets. The placing of ceremonial wreaths will be done by Merv Purdy and William Boxell from the National Sojourners, Inc., Sacramento Chapter 133 and Heroes of '76; and John Meyers and Tal Norwood from the Sacramento Council, Navy League of the U.S. The program will end with "Echo Taps" by the band and the singing of "God Bless America" by the audience.
For additional information, please contact Stacy Delaney at the City of Rancho Cordova at (916) 851-8878 or Tara Ricks at the VA NCHCS at (916) 843-9247.