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Memorial Weekend events honoring the fallen
Retired Army Sgt. Karl Knutsen helps organize those holding flags for the arrival of the Gold Star families during last years events at Woodward Park. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Events are planned this weekend as part of Manteca’s Memorial Day Commemoration that typically draws upwards of 25,000 people.


Saturday at Oleander Estates

u 10 a.m. Groundbreaking Charles O. Palmer II Park, southwest of Union Road and Woodward Avenue


Sunday at Woodward Park

• 6:30 a.m. Registration for Wounded Warrior Christopher Braley 5K Run/Walk sponsored by In-Shape of Manteca

• 8 a.m. Wounded Warrior Christopher Braley 5K Run/Walk sponsored by In-Shape starts.

• 8 a.m. Flyover by Korean War Vintage T Six Trainer

• 9 a.m. Flag raising ceremony and taps; memorial opens, breakfast by Nulaid Eggs, car show and motorcycle show plus exhibits open, helicopters begin landing including Vietnam Huey Gunship and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Patrol chopper

• 10 a.m. Free kids’ energy zone, military exhibits, Silly Ricky Show

• 11 a.m. Busy Bee Dog Show in Kids Zone

• 11:30 a.m. The Advocates perform on Main Stage

• Noon Victorious All Stars on Main Stage

• 12:30 p.m. Processional led by Patriot Guard riders

• 12:45 p.m. Arrival of the Gold Star families

• 1 p.m. Community Memorial Service and Missing Man Formation fly over

• 1 p.m. Welcome Home Heroes Traveling Tribute dedication

• 2 p.m. East Union Drum Line, Bagpipe Band, Manteca Police Display, Silly Ricky Show, The Advocates, Jeff Cannons, Mechanical Bull competition, Busy Bee dog show

• 3 p.m. Flyover featuring a World War II Harpoon Bomber Plane

• 3:15 p.m. We Are Family on Main Stage

• 4 p.m. Helicopters will take off

• 4:30 p.m. ‘The Beast’ dragster will fire up

• 4:15 p.m. Fire Brands on Main Stage

• 5:15 p.m. The Deadlines on Main Stage

• 6:30 p.m. The High Voltage Band on Main Stage

• 7:45 p.m. Air Force Band Mobility

• 9 p.m. Tahoe Fire Dancers

• 9 p.m. Fireworks celebrating the safe return of all who have worn the cloth of our nation.


The Traveling Tribute will remain open for public viewing through 4 p.m. on Monday.