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Palmers adopt 300 Marines serving in War on Terror
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• Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Dedication of the ninth panel honoring those who have given their lives during the Global War on Terror at Woodward Park.
• Sunday, All day at Woodward Park including 11 a.m. opening ceremonies for 5,800 crosses representing those who have died so far in the Global War on Terror, 3 to 5 p.m. USO Show featuring Denver & The Mile High Band, 5:30 p.m. evening ceremonies, 8:30 p.m. aerial fireworks.
• Monday, 10 a.m. East Union Cemetery Memorial Day ceremonies, 11 a.m. parade in downtown Manteca

Charles and Teri Palmer - the parents of Manteca Marine Cpl. Charles Palmer II who lost his life serving America in Iraq - have adopted 300 Marines.

They make sure that each and every Marine - including those in the company in which their son served - receives a care package every month.

The couple will have a booth at Sunday’s Memorial Day Weekend activities at Woodward Park where interested parties can find out how to adopt a Marine as well as receive free packaging to mail items to Marines serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Charles Palmer will also serve as master of ceremonies for the Gold Star Families dinner being conducted Saturday at Prestige Senior Living.

Nearly 100 family members representing 48 of the 90 men and women killed in the War on Terror who lived within a 50-mile radius of Manteca will attend. An additional 30 dignitaries – including a two-star admiral from the Fifth Fleet – will also be present.

The admiral will escort Sally Monsoor – the mother of Navy SEAL Michael Monsoor who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on April 8, 2008 – to ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Woodward Park for the dedication of an additional panel on the Traveling Tribute.

Monsoor’s official Navy portrait appears on the ninth panel of the Global War on Terror Traveling Tribute complete with a description of his heroic act that went above and beyond the call of duty. The additional panel increases the names of those who have fallen to 5,800.

An insurgent on Sept. 29, 2006 tossed a grenade on the roof-top that hit Monsoor in the chest and bounced to the ground. The 25-year-old instantly yelled “Grenade!” and then – without hesitation – jumped on top of it covering it with his body. Monsoor could have been the only SEAL to escape injury. But instead he chose to save his comrades. Two were injured and one escaped injury. Monsoor died 30 minutes later.

There will also be 5,800 white crosses placed at Woodward Park honoring the sacrifices of the 5,800 Americans who have died so far in the Global War on Terror including Monsoor and Manteca Marine Cpl. Charles Palmer.

The activities are part of the three-day Memorial Day Weekend activities that include a USO show, car show, entertainment, breakfast, military displays, flyovers, ceremonies, and aerial fireworks on Sunday at Woodward Park.

On Monday there is a parade at 11 a.m. on Yosemite Avenue in downtown Manteca.