Elliot to lead Memorial Day ceremonies
by TP staff
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The sacrifices made by men and women in the U.S. Armed Services will be remembered in Memorial Day ceremonies Monday.

Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at Tracy Cemetery, 501 E. Schulte Road, with a proclamation presented by the city. The guest speaker will be Bob Elliott, chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

Elliott, a former Tracy city councilman, retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army Special Forces, having served 30 years. He served as deputy commander of the 1st Special Warfare Training Group, as commander of the 4th Special Operations Support Command and at the U.S. Embassies in Japan and Korea.

New to this year’s ceremony will be Bruce Haugland singing “Not Just Once a Year.” Tracy Community Band will also play patriotic music.

Memorial wreaths will be laid at the Unknown Veteran grave, followed by the firing of three volleys. The playing of taps will end the ceremony at the cemetery, which will be led by John Treantos.

A short service at the Tracy War Memorial in Tracy Civic Center will follow 45 minutes later, including the roll call of honored dead will be read out loud and placement of a wreath.

Refreshments will be served afterward at the American Legion Hall, 1960 N. Tracy Blvd. sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Memorial Day ceremonies are organized by members of American Legion Post 172 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1537.

The Tracy Cemetery will have flags placed at veterans’ graves Saturday by local Scout groups.

The Tracy Memorial Day observance has taken place for more than 30 years.

• Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.

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