Memorial Day at the Cemetery

This morning I got up early so that I could go to the local cemetery and observe the Memorial Day ceremonies that are held each year.

Tracy Cemetery, Large Flag, US Flag, Little Arlington, Memorial DayOne of the first things that I saw as I got near the cemetery was a large US flag hanging from the hook and ladder truck. After parking my car I was able to get a nice shot of the flag from across the section of the cemetery known as Little Arlington.

You will find another picture of Little Arlington in a post that I wrote three years ago titled: Memorial Day Observances

Memorial Day, Tracy, California, Tracy cemetery, Memorial Day observanceThe program for Memorial Day included prayers, presentation of colors, speeches, music from the community band, a patriotic poem, three volleys, Taps and the presentation of wreathes.

I was standing not far behind this U.S. Coast Guard veteran who had served in Vietnam.

I really like the large patch on the back of his vest as it is the essence of Memorial Day. We are to remember our Fallen Heroes.

The primary speaker was Bob Elliot who is a county supervisor and also a Special Forces Veteran. I was impressed with his speech about the importance of Memorial Day and how it is to honor those who gave their life for our freedom.

Memorial Day, Wreathes, Tracy, California, Cemetery, Unknow VeteranHere is a picture of the wreathes that were presented today. There were many different community groups, families and service organizations that presented wreathes to honor those who have lost their life in service to our country.

Unknown Veteran, Tracy California Cemetery, Memorial Day, Great SacrificeTo me this is a very interesting memorial stone. I have seen memorials to “An Unknown Soldier,” but never to “An Unknown Veteran of Past Conflicts.” In fact, I googled the phrase and the only hits were for this memorial.

However, as I think about it this makes sense. There are most likely many veterans buried in the cemetery who are not recognized by any marking on their gravestones. This memorial makes sure that none of them are left unrecognized.

The cemetery has at least two graves for Civil War veterans, but I would not be surprised if there are more who are not identified as many soldiers migrated to California after the conflict.

I hope that you took time today to Consider the Price that has been paid by those soldiers who gave their life in service to our country.


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