Boy Scout Andrew Kramer helps American Legion Post 168 Vice Commander Salvador Mayoral fold the U.S. flag during a Memorial Day ceremony at Patterson Cemetery District on Monday, May 27. The event attracted more than 200 attendees.--Photo by Jonathan Partridge/Patterson Irrrigator
Boy Scout Jordan Hoxie stands guard during a Memorial Day flag ceremony at Patterson Cemetery District on Monday, May 27. The event attracted more than 200 attendees.--Photo by Jonathan Partridge/Patterson Irrrigator
Boy Scout Troop 81 member Davey McCord reads the poem "In Flanders Field" while American Legion Post 168 Commander Amy Hussar stands by during Monday's ceremony.--Photo by Jonathan Partridge/Patterson Irrrigator
Modesto resident Ellen Hendrix honors her father, the late World War II veteran Leroy Fitzsimmons of Grayson, following Monday's ceremony. --Photo by Jonathan Partridge/Patterson Irrrigator
More than 200 people attended a Memorial Day ceremony at Patterson Cemetery District during a hot, windy morning on Monday, May 27.
The event was highlighted by the donation of a new flag by American Legion Post 168 member Mike Mattos in honor of his brother, the late George Mattos, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea. Mike Mattos also arrived in style with his World War II DUKW amphibious vehicle.
Boy Scout troops assisted with a flag ceremony, while the American Heritage Girls and Girl Scout and Cub Scout groups led the crowd in singing patriotic songs.
Mayor Luis Molina gave a brief speech, exhorting audience members to remember veterans and their service every day and not just on special occasions.
Other highlights included Davey McCord’s recitation of the poem “In Flanders Field” and the performance of taps by Matthew Long.
Robert Slater, chaplain for American Legion Post 168, read a passage from the biblical book of Isaiah before leading the crowd in prayer.
Several attendees said Monday’s crowd was the largest that has ever attended the annual Memorial Day event.