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Sacramento-Area Events Mark Memorial Day Holiday


Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. Organizations throughout the region are planning ceremonies to honor them.

Capital Public Radio compiled several commemoration events:

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Memorial Ceremony

This event is in remembrance of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and features the United States Navy Band Southwest from San Diego. Volunteers are welcome to place flags on gravesites on Saturday, and remove and store flags on Tuesday for next year. 

Wounded Veteran Run

Taking place on Memorial Day, you can join this event for a 3K, 5K or a 10K run. There will also be a kids fun run for those under 12. The race starts and ends at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom. This event benefits Semper Fi Fund, America's Fund, Fregoso Outdoor Foundation, Patriots Honor and Purple Heart Fund.

50th Annual Memorial Day Parade

The 50th Annual Memorial Day Parade is presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4647. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Watt Ave. in North Highlands. You can enjoy decorated floats, equestrians, marching bands, and drill teams. There will also be hot dogs and drinks at VFW Post 4647 following the parade.

Memorial Day Ceremony Davis

This is an annual event hosted by the Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949 at the Davis Cemetery and Arboretum. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Monday May 30 featuring the Davis Brass Ensemble, Davis Children’s Chorale and the Davis High School Madrigals and Carol Kessler. There will also be a keynote speaker. Flags will be placed on gravesites by the Davis Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Rancho Cordova’s 10th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

The 10th annual ceremony will begin with at 9:30 a.m. with pre-show entertainment. The commemoration ceremony, themed “In Peace and War, Remembering our Veterans and Honoring the United States Merchant Mariners,” will begin at 10 a.m. at the Sacramento VA Medical Center in Mather.

Not Forgotten Memorial Day Weekend in Manteca

The city of Manteca will host events all weekend with most of them happening in Woodward Park on Sunday. The morning begins with the Christopher Braley Wounded Warriors 5K Run at 8 a.m. and ends with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Concerts, helicopter landings and a church service are among other events happening in between.


Meanwhile, other organizations are putting on family friendly events taking place during the holiday weekend. The following list of events are not commemorations, but will be taking place during the holiday weekend. 

Vettes for Vets and American Muscle Car Show

This event, now in its 7th year, will be hosted at the California Automobile Museum and will showcase American-made muscle cars. The show begins at 10:00 a.m., and winners of the car show will be announced at 2:00 p.m. The all-ages event is free for spectators. Admission to the museum will be free for veterans, active military and their families.

Sacramento Music Festival 

This four-day family-friendly event is for Jazz lovers. This is the 43rd annual year the music festival takes place and you can join this year’s fun in Old Sacramento. You will find live music, entertainment, food and drink. One-day passes or a weekend passes for all four days are available for purchase.

Sacramento County Fair

This year’s fair runs from May 26 through May 30, and features 30 carnival rides -- including ten rides for kids -- as well as daily events and live entertainment. The fair is located at 1600 Exposition Blvd, with vehicle entry through Gate D at Exposition Blvd and Challenge Way. General admission for the fair is $5. Kids 12 and under get in free.

Multicultural Family Festival

This festival for all ages at William Land Park will have activities for kids including jumpy houses, pony rides, face painting plus live multicultural dancers and performers, and foods from around the world. The event is free and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 28.

Track 7 Inaugural Memorial Day Block Party

This free event for beer-lovers takes place on May 28 and runs from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and will feature a live performance by Arden Park Roots at 7:00 p.m. The event will be hosted at the Curtis Park taproom. There will be food trucks and, of course, plenty of beer - but the event is open to all ages.

- Capital Public Radio Staff