Saturday, May 23
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3225 will place flags and hold a short ceremony at two local cemeteries, including a prayer, taps and a 21-gun salute. The Red Bank ceremony will immediately follow the ceremony at Academy Cemetery. Academy Cemetery, 10880 Mendocino Ave., Clovis, (559) 273-9006. 9 a.m. Red Bank Cemetery, 11600-11998 E. Shaw Ave., Clovis. approximately 10 a.m.
Sunday, May 24
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The Choinumni Cultural Association and Tribe will hold a gathering honoring Native American veterans. Immediately following the ceremony there will be a potluck and activities. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert and lawn chairs. Choinumni Burial Grounds, Pine Flat Road below Pine Flat Dam, Piedra, (559) 787-3703, (559) 323-6231, $5 park entrance fee for lunch. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The veterans cemetery at Santa Nella’s annual event includes speaker Bob Wieland, a wreath presentation and a NorCal CrossWinds fly-over. Vintage military vehicles will also be on display. San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 W. McCabe Road, Santa Nella, (209) 854-1040. 10 a.m.
Monday, May 25
Visalia’s Avenue of Flags will place 2,060 large American flags, each marked with a veteran’s name and branch of service, along the streets of the cemetery. The program includes a presentation of the colors by naval sea cadets and stories of service and sacrifice from local veterans, laying of wreaths, a rifle salute and playing of taps. Assembly Member Devon Mathis, R-Tulare, will speak. Volunteers are needed to place and remove the flags. Visalia District Cemetery, 1300 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, (559) 300-2306. 10 a.m.
American Legion Fresno Post 4 will hold a ceremony that will consist of a flag raising, a patriotic concert by Sounds of Freedom, laying of wreaths, and the playing of taps. Rep. Jim Costa will speak. Veterans Liberty Cemetery, 1831 W. Belmont Ave., Fresno. 10 a.m.
The Armenian Clergy of the San Joaquin Valley will conduct prayer services at Ararat and Masis Ararat Armenian cemeteries. Ararat Cemetery by the Monument to the Unknown Martyr, 1925 W. Belmont Ave., Fresno, (559) 292-2415. 10 a.m. Masis Ararat Cemetery at the Soghomon Tehlirian Monument, 250 N. Hughes Ave., Fresno. 10:30 a.m.
Clovis American Legion Cecil Cox Post 147 and Clovis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3225 will hold a service honoring all fallen soldiers with a concert by the Clovis Community Band. There will be a short prayer, taps and a 21-gun salute. Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 Fourth St., Clovis, (559) 447-1196. 11 a.m.
Sierra Villa Assisted Living Center, 175 W. Sierra Ave., Clovis, (559) 273-9006. 7 a.m.
Washington Colony Cemetery, 7318 S. Elm Ave., Easton, (559) 264-7577. 9 a.m.
Clovis Memorial Cemetery, 4292 W. Herndon Ave., Clovis, (559) 273-9006. 9 a.m.
Fresno Memorial Gardens and Foreign Wars Post 5057 will hold the 52nd Memorial Day Service of Remembrance with more than 1,400 American flags lining the avenues of the cemetery. There will be a patriotic concert and fly-over performed by the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing. Volunteers are needed to raise and retire the flags. Fresno Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 175 S. Cornelia Ave., Fresno, (559) 268-7823. 11 a.m.
Organized by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 933, veterans and their families are invited to a brief ceremony that will honor the men and women who fought for freedom. Park entrance fees have been waived and coffee and doughnuts will be served. Gates open at 5:30 a.m. Woodward Park Lakeview Shelter inside Audubon Drive gate, 7775 N. Friant Road, Fresno. 5:45 a.m.
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