Today’s eventsA full-day of activities are planned during the Memorial Day Weekend activities at Woodward Park. Organizers are advising people to bring blankets or lawn chairs as there will be no seating for the event.
•Wounded Warrior Chris Braley 5K walk/run. The entry free for the 8 a.m. race is $25. All participants will receive a free omelet breakfast after the race.
•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 includes F16s will pass over Woodward Park. 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.
Monday’s events•A Memorial Day parade starts Monday 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.
•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.