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Wine Country Marines: Honoring Our Heroes on Memorial Day in Northern California

Memorial Day is a solemn occasion when we come together as a nation to honor and remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the military. In Northern California, two significant Memorial Day commemoration events stand out: one in San Jose at Oakhill Memorial Park and the other in Sonoma at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park. These events hold great significance, not only for their long-standing traditions but also because of the crucial role played by the Wine Country Marines, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting military veterans. In this blog, we delve into the incredible efforts of the Wine Country Marines and their involvement in these commemorative events.

  1. Oakhill Memorial Park: 108 Years of Remembering Heroes For over a century, the San Jose Memorial Day event at Oakhill Memorial Park has stood as a testament to the community's commitment to honoring fallen servicemen and women. This historic gathering is made possible in part by the dedicated efforts of the Wine Country Marines. Serving on key committees, this nonprofit organization plays an essential role in organizing and executing the event. From logistics and planning to coordinating key participants and engaging with the community, the Wine Country Marines contribute their time and expertise to ensure a dignified and memorable commemoration.

  2. Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park: A 65-Year Tradition The Sonoma Memorial Day event at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park holds a special place in the hearts of the local community. For 65 years, this commemoration has united residents, veterans, and their families in paying tribute to the fallen. The Wine Country Marines actively participate in this event, working alongside other organizations and committees to orchestrate a meaningful and impactful ceremony. Their commitment to the cause is evident in their tireless efforts to uphold the significance of Memorial Day and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

  3. Wine Country Marines: Supporting Military Veterans The Wine Country Marines, a nonprofit organization, dedicate themselves to providing support and assistance to military veterans in Northern California. While their involvement in the Memorial Day events is undoubtedly crucial, their contributions extend far beyond these annual gatherings. The organization offers various programs and services to veterans and their families, including financial aid, mental health support, educational resources, and community engagement opportunities. Their unwavering commitment to honoring the fallen and supporting those who served is a testament to their noble mission.

  4. The Power of Commemorating Memorial Day serves as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by our military heroes. Through the efforts of the Wine Country Marines and other dedicated organizations, the San Jose and Sonoma Memorial Day events provide a platform for the community to come together in remembrance and gratitude. These commemorative gatherings offer solace to the families of fallen soldiers, a space for veterans to share their stories, and a chance for the broader community to express its unwavering support for those who serve.

The Wine Country Marines play an instrumental role in the two largest Memorial Day commemoration events in Northern California, held in San Jose and Sonoma. Through their dedicated involvement, these events have thrived for over a century and continue to honor the sacrifice of our military heroes. Beyond these commemorative gatherings, the Wine Country Marines extend their support to veterans and their families throughout the year, embodying the true spirit of gratitude, remembrance, and community. As Memorial Day approaches, let us join hands with organizations like the Wine Country Marines to ensure that the memory of our fallen heroes lives on and that their sacrifices are never forgotten

If you would like to attend or participate in either program, the details are as follows; Sonoma:

Monday, May 29th, 11:00am, Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park.

Guest of Honor: Tony Lazzarini, US Army Combat Veteran

Point of Contact: Mr. Robert Leonard, Wine Country Marines Board Member

San Jose

Monday, May 29th, 11:00am, Oakhill Memorial Park

Guest of Honor: CWO3 AJ Pasciuti, Force Recon Sniper

The only servicemember since Vietnam engaged in a sniper vs sniper mission.

Point of Contact: Mr. James Brown, Wine Country Marines Board Member

Flyover by 129th Air Rescue Wing, will land onsite and provide tours of aircraft

Rifle Volley/21 Gun Salute by 23rd Marine Regiment

Color Guard by USMC Recruiting Station San Francisco

Ceremonial Music by USAF Band of the Golden West

Wreath Ceremony

Keynote address by Guest of Honor

Pledge of Allegiance by Sgt Brian Jergens, Wounded Soldier

Proclamations by Congress, Senate, County and City

National Anthem by Captain Kelsey Casey, USMC

Historic Military Vehicles

Historically Accurate WWI Trench with actors in period uniforms

Many elected officials and dignitaries


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