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150 sign up so far for Wound Warrior run Sunday
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Betty Jo Clark, the grandmother of fallen Marine Cpl. Christopher Lee Clark of Escalon, at the dedication of the Traveling Tribute during memorial Day Weekend 2008. - photo by Bulletin file photo
At least 150 runners and walkers will join Iraq War veteran Derek McGinnis and the author of “Exit Wounds”: A Survival Guide to Pain Management” in the first Wounded Warrior Christopher  Braley 5k run/walk that is part of the Memorial Day Weekend activities on Sunday, May 30, at Woodward Park. McGinnis served as a hospital corpsman for 11 years in the Navy. In November of 2004 he was severely wounded in Fallujah sustaining a traumatic brain injury and an above-knee amputation of his left leg for which he underwent extensive treatment and rehabilitation at military and Veterans Affairs medical facilities.

The entry fee for the 8 a.m. race is $25. All participants will receive a free omelet breakfast after the race. Details on registration are available by going to website and downloading the details.

There are also more than 200 entries in the classic car show also taking place Sunday. The day starts with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and ends with aerial fireworks at 8:30 p.m., designed to “welcome home” those who have served America in wars.

Organizers are advising people to bring blankets or lawn chairs as there will be no seating for the event.

The rest of the activities taking place Sunday, May 30, include:

•Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. with the $5 donation going to help cover the costs of the three-day event.

•An aerial fly-by that will includeF16s that will pass over Woodward Park. Earlier in the day, three helicopters will land by 10 a.m. If you want to see the copters - including a Huey - land you should be at Woodward Park by no later than 9 a.m.

•Pastor Mike Dillman and the congregation of the Place of Refuge will join Word Alive Fellowship from Mi-Wuk will conduct a public service. All veterans present will be presented with a “Not Forgotten” commemorative hat.

•A classic car and motorcycle show registration will start at 8 a.m.

•The concessions, kids’ energy zone, petting zoo, car show and exhibits will open at 11 a.m.

•The 50-state memorial with 5,800 crosses in honor of those who have given their lives in the Global War on Terror will open at 11 a.m.

•Community entertainment starts at 11 a.m.

•A full-scale USO Show from 3 to 5 p.m. featuring Denver & The Mile High Band that won the televised competition to become America’s next big band.

•The evening ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. with master of ceremonies Phil Waterford featuring wounded warriors, vets of all generations, Congressman Jerry McNerney, a Navy jet flyover and a 21-gun salute using Army cannons.  

•Aerial fireworks to celebrate the safe return of all who have served will begin at 8:30 p.m.

•A replica of the Tomb of the Unknown soldier will be at Woodward Park.

•Numerous classic military vehicles will be on display.

•The Ripon Police bagpipe band will perform.

•An authentic military mess tent form World War II will be set up.

•Manteca Police will perform SWAT and K-9 demonstrations.

There are also plans for a Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 31, starting at 11 a.m. on Yosemite Avenue from Library Park to Manteca High in downtown Manteca. The parade is being organized by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce. Call 823-6121 for details.

A hosted dinner at Prestige Senior Living for 42 Gold Star families within a 50-mile radius of Manteca that have lost a son or daughter in the Global War on Terror will take place Saturday, May 29. They will travel from Prestige Living to Woodward Park by police escort for the dedication of the ninth panel of the Traveling Tribute at 5:30 p.m.

The official Memorial Day remembrances ceremonies are at East Union Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday under the auspices of the American Legion as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Taps on Memorial Day evening at 7 p.m. will officially close the event.