Memorial Day


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. 


Encinal High graduate returns as keynote speaker

Memorial Day in Alameda has long been commemorated with a ceremony at Veterans Park near the Bay Farm Island Bridge on Veterans Court. The annual ceremony is set for Monday, May 30, at 11 a.m.

This year’s keynote speaker is Patrick Harris who graduated Encinal High School in 1966. Chief Harris retired from public service in 2003, serving as the first chief of staff of the Maritime and Land Security Office of the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security. 

On Monday, May 27, the public is invited to stop at Veterans Memorial Park at 11 a.m. to honor those that have given their lives in service to the country. Once again, as in many years past, local Veterans groups have joined together to organize this ceremony. 

“The Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 400, The American Legion Post 9, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 647 and the DAV Chapter 8 would be honored if you would join us at the Memorial Ceremony of the fallen,” said this year’s Event Chair Joe Lo Paro. 

Monday’s annual Memorial Day ceremony in Bay Farm Island’s Veterans Park was packed, even in blistering sun without any clouds present. The event marked the park’s 30th anniversary. The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), local Chapter 400 held the event in honor and remembrance of those who gave their lives serving in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps since 1775, the U.S. Coast Guard since 1790, the U.S. Merchant Marines since 1936 and the U.S. Air Force since 1947. 


The public is invited to the 20th anniversary of the opening of Veterans Memorial Park and Memorial Day Services on Monday, May 28, at 11 a.m. A solemn ceremony will be held for these that sacrificed all for this country. 


In an ongoing tradition of respect, staff at the USS Hornet Museum prepare a wreath-tossing ceremony each Memorial Day to honor fallen veterans. Left to right, officials with the museum, Hornet volunteer Chief Lewis Ross, Chaplain Wallace Whatley and staff member Lashon Lang prepare for the somber occasion.