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Memorial plaque at museum to honor Wally Fagundes

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POSTED April 22, 2009 3:46 a.m.
Friends and fellow veterans of the late Wally Fagundes will dedicate a plaque at the Manteca Historical Society museum in his memory. The event will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Fagundes, a World War II veteran and charter member of the historical society, died just a year ago, a few days before reaching his 90th birthday. Living across the street from the museum, he immediately became the “keeper of the flag” and for years took down the flag each evening and raised it again the following morning.

He also  purchased replacement flags at least once a year for the museum.

In addition, he volunteered at the museum, working at least one day a month and always participating in various activities. A graduate of Manteca High, Class of 1936, Fagundes never missed a high school sports activity and, on occasion, rode the school bus with the teams for out-of-town games.

Proud of his military service, he was also active with the American Legion and attended nearly all city activities.

“He was truly one of a kind,” said museum director Evelyn Prouty. “Rarely a day goes by that Wally isn’t missed.”

American Legion veterans will also replace the flag currently flying at the museum – put up a year ago by Fagundes – and the museum will offer refreshments during the dedication. A display of photographs taken of Fagundes will also be on display.

The public is invited to attend.
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