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Local Memorial Day Ceremonies

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Memorial Day ceremonies were held throughout the country on Monday. Numerous ceremonies took place around the foothills to honor members of the U.S. forces who have given their lives in defense of our country. Many ceremonies also recognized the sacrifices made by the family members of fallen soldiers.

Four local ceremonies were officiated by retired Rear Admiral Bonnie Potter. Potter was the Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, California from June 1995 to January 1997. Her promotion to Rear Admiral in 1997 marked her as the first female physician in the United States Navy to be selected for flag rank.

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At 9:00am the ceremony began at the New Auburn Cemetery with an aerial fly over and the colors presented by the Luther Burbank High School NJROTC Color Guard. The ceremony continued with remarks from Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes who spoke in military uniform, remarks by Congressman Tom McClintock, and a touching poem read by Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery who spoke about losing her own sister in a military conflict 25 years ago.

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The ceremony continued with flowers being presented to Gold Star family members, a release of white doves, a wreath-laying, presentation of honors with a rifle salute by the Auburn Area Honor Guard, and the playing of Taps by 15-year-old Boy Scout Joseph Haas.

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Ceremonies continued with a wreath laying and the rendering of honors and the playing of taps at 10:00am at the Old Auburn Cemetery, at 11:00am at the Newcastle Cemetery, and at 12:00pm at the Maidu Indian Burial Ground in Auburn. At each ceremony Rear Admiral Potter told individual stories and offered tributes to fallen soldiers buried at each cemetery.

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The Auburn and Newcastle events included members of the local chapters of the American Legion Auxiliary, American Legion Riders, Marine Corps League Detachment, Disabled American Veterans, Knights of Columbus, the Placer County Council of the Navy League, the American Legion, the Ladies Auxiliary of the FRA, Veterans of Foreign Wars, plus the Auburn Area Honor Guard, and the Fleet Reserve Association Mother Lode.

Loomis continued their Memorial Day tradition with Del Oro High School’s 16th annual Memorial Day Tribute Ceremony at 9:00am at the Golden Eagle Football Stadium. This ceremony is facilitated by students from Del Oro and the American Legion of Loomis.

As is the tradition, the ceremony began with a helicopter flying the American flag into the stadium. (Del Oro photos courtesy of Mike McKeig)

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In addition, other ceremonies were held in Placerville at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument, in Folsom at Vista Del Lago High School, at the Colfax Cemetery, at the Indian Cemetery on Iowa Hill Road in Colfax, and at the Weimar Cemetery at the Weimar Institute.

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