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Lathrop remembers those who gave their all for America
Lathrop remembers those who gave their all for America
Curtis Kimbro, Jr. played the traditional Taps at the conclusion of the ceremonies. - photo by GLEN KAHL/Manteca Bulletin

Eleven service men from the Lathrop community were remembered Monday morning in ceremonies in Manuel Valverde Jr. Park that also drew a contingent of the Sikh Riders of Central Valley to pay homage to the fallen in front of the Veterans’ Memorial Wall that was dedicated in 2008.

The Colors were posted by the Lathrop High School JROTC, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jaiden Urteaga Webelos and the National Anthem was performed by Nevaeh Watkins as a crowd of about 100 was in attendance.

A group of Sikh motorcycle club riders of the Central Valley rode into the park in formation to pay their homage to those soldiers, sailors and marines who had been lost in combat. They stood quietly in the rear of the crowd showing their respect.

The keynote speaker was U.S. Army Major Sarah E. Hudson.  The placing of the memorial wreath was done by Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal and Marine Sgt. Aaron Bazan. 

The traditional memorial roll call of those lost in combat were read by Arnita Yepez and the tolling of the bell by Ajit Sandhu.

Those included:

uWorld War I: Pvt. James Joseph Chio, U.S. Army.

uWorld War II: Cpl. George R. Calloway, U.S. Marine Corps; Staff Sgt. Donald V. Rieger, U.S. Army Air Corps.

uKorean War: TSgt. Roscoe Carnes, Jr. U. S. Marine Corps ; Cpl. Alvin R. Mendes, U.S. Army. 

uVietnam War: BM3 Charles M. White Sr., U.S. Navy; LCpl Brock E. Elliott, U.S. Marine Corps; Warrant officer Gale Butcher, Jr., U.S. Army and Pfc. Joseph Tafoya, also U.S. Army. 

uIraqi Freedom War: 1st Lt. Michael W. Vega, U.S. Army National Guard; Chief Warrant Officer David Angelo F. Alvarez, U.S. Army. 

The playing of Taps was by Curtis Kimbro, Jr. and the benediction prayer by Pastor Eric Baca who also had performed the invocation.

The Lathrop Lions Club provided refreshments at the end of the event.   

To contact Glenn Kahl, email