Memorial Day Service in Antioch, Today

By Ben Franske

By Mayor Jim Davis

Publisher’s Note: Apologies for the late posting but, we just received this information, this morning and the time of the event, late last night.

Remembering those who have died to provide Americans freedom is what Memorial Day is all about. In Antioch, the observances set for Monday May 30, 2011 are about providing a way for grateful residents to say thank you.

There are a lot of people who are looking for a way to say thanks; this is one way you can do it.

Now over a dozen years old and still growing, the name of this year’s observance is appropriately dubbed Antioch Memorial Thunder. It will begin with the arrival of one hundred plus riders from patriotic motorcycle groups. The ceremony will feature many local musicians, speakers, a 21-gun salute, a dove release and other traditional activities.

We’d like to invite all the public to join us in paying tribute to those who fought for our liberty and are no longer here.

In addition to VFW Post 6435, participating sponsors of this year’s event include the City of Antioch, Oak View Memorial Park Cemetery, and the Army’ Reserve 483rd Transportation Battalion, American Legion Post 161, the Boy and Cub Scouts of America, and the Patriot Sentinel Riders.

Memorial Day Tribute begins at 10am, with a 45 minute performance by the Temple Hill Choir, made up of members from as far away as Gilroy to Santa Rosa.

Followed by the traditional Memorial Day Ceremony:

Place: Oak View Cemetery  East 18th Antioch

Arrival of the 100 + Motorcycle Procession from Antioch City Hall escorted by Antioch PD

Flag Salute

Guest Speakers

Musical Numbers

21 Gun Salute

Dove release and more…

Followed by the BSA -flag retirement ceremony.

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