Memorial Day Festivites Planned this Weekend

Mike Lano         Last year’s Memorial Day ceremony led off with a bagpiper and color guard.

 

Chapter 400 of the Vietnam Veterans of America invites all veterans to join them for the dedication of a plaque that honors those who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 27, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 200 Grand Ave. in Oakland. 

Chapter 400 is also hosting a Memorial Day service, Monday, May 29, at Veterans Memorial Park, at Veterans Court near Doolittle and Island drives on Bay Farm Island. The service begins at 11 a.m. and will remember all the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country. 

Chapter 400 meets at 6:30 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month at the Alameda Veterans Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave. Membership is open to Vietnam veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. military (for other than training purposes) in the Republic of Vietnam from Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975. Vietnam-era veterans who served in any duty location from Aug. 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975 are also welcome to join.  

USS Hornet will also host a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 29. Doors open at 10 a.m.; the Hornet Big Band will perform. Chaplain Wallace Whatley will officiate at the 11 a.m. service, which concludes with a wreath toss off the fantail. The Hornet is docked at 707 West Hornet Ave. General admission applies. Veterans and museum members admitted free. 

Admission includes tours of the carrier’s exhibits on U.S. military history, ranging from World War II to the modern era. Call 521-8448 or visit usshornet.org to learn more.