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Volunteers needed Thursday to place 7,000 crosses

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POSTED May 16, 2017 12:27 a.m.

Pastor Mike Dillman is asking for volunteers to turn out Thursday at 9 a.m. to help put in place 7,000 crosses as part of a month-long remembrance of those who have died serving America in the Global War on Terror.
The crosses are being placed alongside Interstate 5 at Dell’Osso Farms in Lathrop south of where the pumpkin blasters are located in October.
Dillman said people need to bring their own hammer and gloves. Water and lunch will be provided. The display will also include 300 American flags, all 50 state flags, and the large portrait posters of the 70 soldiers from the region that died in the Global War on Terror. Dell’Osso Farms will provide lighting so the display can be seen at night.
There will also be  a 50-foot by 12-foot banner that reads “Freedom is an extravagant gift.” On the banner will be three large portraits of the fallen Pat Tillman, the NFL starter who quit his pro football career after turning down a three-year $3.6 million contract from the Cardinals and joined the Army to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The first portrait will have Tillman in his Arizona Cardinals football uniform with his name on it. A second is of Tillman in his Army uniform, also with his name on it. The third is the site of the memorial where he is buried that also carries his name.
If you can help, contact Dillman at 209.629.9512.

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Susan Dell ‘Osso indicated just over 2,000 registered in advance leaving space for last minute online or same day registration for $75.  There are two dozen obstacles on the 5K course. For details go to

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both are retiring
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The event takes place at the Manteca Transit Station, 220 Moffat Blvd.

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