Residents from throughout Merced County made their way to the Merced District Cemetery on Monday to pay their respects to the brave men and women who fought and paid the ultimate price in securing the liberties and freedoms enjoyed by citizens across this nation.
The ceremony started in the morning, inside the Veterans Section of the cemetery, with an invocation by Post Chaplin Josie Fragnito-Lira. The following proceedings were led by District 12 Commander Gene Hamill.
A Presentation of Colors was conducted by the American Legion Riders Chapter 83, as the Harmony Valley Chorus performed the Star Spangled Banner.
Blue Star Mothers Sandy Tollefson and Danielle Lightner were called upon this year to conduct the presentation of a folded flag and wreath at the base of the centerpiece flag poll.
As the event came to a close, the chorus filled the air with a rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Following the Memorial Day ceremony, those in attendance were invited to make their way to a BBQ lunch onsite, and an open house at the American Legion Hall on Main Street.