This year’s Benicia Memorial Day ceremony will be held Monday, May 28, 10am at the Benicia Military Cemetery. The ceremony honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life, as well as all veterans and those currently serving our nation.
The Benicia Historical Society sponsors the event, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1973. The Cemetery is the oldest U.S. Military cemetery in the Pacific States, with graves dating to the 1840s. Many of the graves are marked "Unknown" as the names have been lost over time.
During the celebration, a military fly-over from Travis AFB is anticipated, as well as the USCG Station in San Francisco. The main speaker will be Colonel Lawrence T. Brown, Garrison Commander at the Presidio of Monterey, and the color guard will be provided by Benicia VFW Post 3928 and Benicia American Legion Post 101. Patriotic music provided by the Diablo Regional Concert Band.
Also during the ceremony, the Military History Preservation Society will provide a rifle salute, and a wreath-laying ceremony will be included to honor those interred at the cemetery. It’s a good idea to arrive early for parking due to a large attendance. A shuttle will be available to assist.
To get to the cemetery, take Military East and turn on Hospital Road, then follow the signs through the gate. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. For additional information, contact Wally Stephens, Benicia Historical Society, 707.745.8384.