John: We are expecting a larger number of people this year. Please encourage people to come early if they want a seat. The event officially starts at 11:00 A.M. Crosses and flags went up today at Pioneer Cemetery on all of the Veterans grave sites, a week in advance of the Memorial Service this year, for the honor and benefit of affected family members who have Veteran loved ones buried there.
Back by popular demand, keynote speaker will be former two-time Mayor and three-term City Councilwoman MaryAnn MacGillivray. Congresswoman Judy Chu is also expected to be at our ceremony for a short time and will speak. We don't yet know what city officials will be a attending, however I'm sure Councilman John Cappocia will be there, and our fire and police chiefs.
We will have patriotic music playing before and after the ceremony, including popular music from the WWII era. A complementary sandwich lunch will be served to attendees immediately following the ceremony. Post Commander Dave Loera will be officiating. Msgr. Richard Krekelberg of St. Rita Parish will give the invocation, cantor Peter Vecchio, bugler Paul Puccinelli will be other participants as well as the members of VFW Post 3208.
Finally, see the following regarding the VFW Buddy Poppy Program (link here).
Also, here is a little history about the origin and meaning of the VFW Maltese Cross Symbol (link here).