Tracy Talks: Always remember Memorial Day importance
by Anne Marie Fuller
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This week started on a somber note as our community came together at our local cemetery to honor and remember our veterans on Memorial Day. Residents presented wreaths in honor of our nation’s true heroes. As the American flag gracefully moved to the rhythm of the wind, I remembered my grandpa — a World War II veteran.

As I talked with some of our veterans Monday afternoon at the American Legion Hall, I realized there is a story inside each one, and each one realizes the importance of the day.

“Our platoon helped build the hospital for when the wounded came in,” Charles Weitz, a 95-year-old World War II veteran, said. “We also built the roads for the planes. Memorial Day is very important, a day to remember.”

Keith “Rabbit” Maier, Vietnam War veteran and recipient of three Purple Hearts, jump wings and many more citations, believes Memorial Day needs to be celebrated every day of the year.

“For me, today is about paying respect for the veterans that served with me and all the branches of the service. This day also gives me a chance to pay respect to the ones that gave the ultimate sacrifice,” Maier said.

Walter Rueda, a member of the honor guard for Tracy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1537, wants to make sure that no one forgets fallen comrades.

“It’s always good to remember the ones that didn’t come back. They will never be forgotten,” Rueda said.

To all who have served, thank you.

Sounds of summer

This week ends with excitement as students welcome the start of summer vacation. There are many family-focused activities on hand for those staying in town this summer. The annual Music in the Park series offers different genres of music and is always free to attend. This yearly event, at Lincoln Park, has been a destination for families for well over a decade and is put together each year by the Tracy Arts Commission.

As a member of the arts commission, I can tell you that this concert series is what first drew me to want to be a commissioner, and I am currently serving my second four-year term.

This year’s musical selection will offer Latin, rock, big band, Motown/R&B, southern rock and Americana/bluegrass. Concerts take place Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. starting June 12 and running through July 24. There is no concert July 3 because of the Fourth of July activities in the park. The events are always free to the public.

• Anne Marie Fuller, National Mrs. Beauties of the Nation and Mrs. California BOTN, is the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26. Contact her at

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June 02, 2014
I'm glad to see you took the time to talk with several veterans here. You have a way of expressing emotion and showing a caring side to the community.

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