MARTINEZ, Calif. – Two ceremonies Monday, with the Martinez Veterans Commission as host, will honor those who have served in the military.
The first ceremony will start at 10 a.m. Monday in the Alhambra Cemetery on Carquinez Scenic Drive.
The Diablo Sea Cadets will raise a flag. The Commission’s vice chairperson, Ingemar Olsson, will give the prayer and benediction, and the Boy Scouts of America Troop 1351 will place a wreath at the site.
Michelle Brown, of Alhambra High School, will play “Taps.”
The longer ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at Ignacio Plaza across from Martinez City Hall, 525 Henrietta St.
It will open with a flag raising by the Diablo Sea Cadets and a musical selection from the Martinez Community Chorus.
Special messages will be given, starting with one from Mayor Rob Schroder. Also sending messages will be U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson (D-Calif. 5) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif. 11), whose districts contain portions of Martinez; Contra Costa County District 5 Supervisor Federal Glover; and State Senator Bill Dodd (D-District 3).
Guest speaker is Richard Cheney, senior vice commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1351.
The ceremony will conclude with a 21-gun salute by the American Legion post 29 and the VFW Post 1351, as well as “Taps” played by Brown.
A reception after the second ceremony will take place at the Veterans Hall, 930 Court St. The Diablo Regional Concert Band will provide music.
All of the events are free and open to the public. Those interested may call the Martinez Recreation Office, 925-372-3510 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.