Tracy American Legion invites the public to a Memorial Day
ceremony Monday to remember service men and women who have died in military service.
A row of 80 5-feet-by-9-feet American flags, called The
Avenue of Flags, will set the stage for the ceremony at Tracy Public Cemetery.
Lt. David Eggers, who works at San Joaquin County Defense Distribution Depot, will
speak. Then seven American Legion members will fire three volleys with rifles,
and Tracy Community Band trumpeter Greg Wright will play taps.
Following the ceremony, American Legion will host a second,
shorter ceremony 45 minutes later at the Tracy War Memorial, 375 E 9th St. The
65 names of service men who have died in war will be read. A bell will be rung
after each name and someone will say, “No answer.”
“In a way, this is like we’re taking roll,” said John
Treantos, commander of American Legion.
About 200 people typically go to the ceremonies, and most are war
veterans and their families, Treantos said.
The first Memorial Day, known as Decoration Day, was in
1865 after the Civil War. People in a small town in New York decorated the
gravesites of those who died in the war.
Over the past century, the holiday has become a
kick-off to summer and, for many, a chance to jet out of town over a long weekend.
Treantos said when Americans take advantage of the day off,
it only emphasizes their freedom.
“Memorial Day has always meant a heck of a lot to me,” said Treantos,
who served in the U.S. Marine Corp. in the 1950s. “And whenever people have the
opportunity, they should remember that somebody had to pay a supreme price for
A reception will follow second ceremony at the American
Legion Hall, 1960 N. Tracy Blvd.
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At a glance
WHAT: Memorial Day ceremony
WHEN: 10 a.m.
WHERE: Tracy Public Cemetery. 600 W. Schulte Road
INFO: John Treantos, 832-8330