Veterans Day events planned throughout city of Vallejo

Vallejo Times-Herald

There are a number of ceremonies planned in honor of Veterans Day throughout the city of Vallejo on Monday.

The first event is planned for 9 a.m. at the Mare Island Cemetery and Congressman Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, will be the guest speaker. The ceremony is arranged by the Navy League, and assisted by the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation. The Richard O’Kane Sea Cadets will serve as color guard and TAPS will be performed by Ron Quistapace.

The cemetery is located inside the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, 167 O’Hara Court.

At 11 a.m., the city’s annual Veterans Day commemoration will be held behind Vallejo City Hall, at 555 Santa Clara St. It will be hosted by the Disabled American Veterans Ozie Boler Chapter 21 of Vallejo, and Thompson will serve as keynote speaker as well.

A C-17 flyover by the 21st Airlift Squadron from Travis Air Force Base is expected.

Finally, at noon there will be a ceremony in front of the historic Mare Island Naval Hospital on the campus of Touro University California on Mare Island. The TUC Military Club will lead the ceremony to honor our veterans and their service, and a moment of silence will be held during taps. All are welcome to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Speakers include Dr. Sarah Sweitzer, TUC provost and chief academic officer; veteran Joy Dugan, class of 2012 alumna; and, Daniel Strayve, TUC Military Club president.

“With Veterans Day, the country takes a moment to honor and thank all military personnel who have served in past wars or during peace time, particularly living veterans,” according to a TUC news release. “TUC is especially grateful for Mare Island’s rich naval history and the contributions of Navy men and women who worked at the former hospital that now makes up current campus buildings.”

Directions include: From the Mare Island Causeway, continue straight and turn left on Azuar Drive. From CA-37, take the Mare Island exit and continue on Railroad Avenue. Turn right onto G Street and then left onto Azuar Drive. Continue on Azuar Drive for two miles. Past the roundabout, turn right onto Club Drive. Enter left at the next stop sign to the parking lot behind the historic Mare Island Hospital.

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