After a year’s delay due to COVID- 19, members of Alameda’s veterans’ organization gathered to commemorate fallen soldiers at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Park.
As he had done so frequently in the past, KTVU’s Sal Castenada returned to act as the event’s master of ceremonies.
Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft addressed those assembled to remember the fallen.
Ceremonies included placing of wreaths by — among other groups — Blue Star mothers, who have family members currently serving our country and Gold Star families, who have lost family members who died while serving our country.
Sgt. Jim Marsh returned to play “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes and Melody Minto played Taps. Members of American Legion Post District 10 did a rifle salute to honor the fallen.
Marine Corps veteran Joe Loparo, who was instrumental in organizing this year’s march, asked those in attendance to especially remember World War II veteran Gene Maurice who passed away in April.
Maurice served aboard USS Saginaw Bay off the coast of Iwo Jima during the fierce figthing there. An Alameda High School graduate and member of the school’s band, he played Taps on his bugle at the city’s Memorial Day service for years.