Saturday, May 27th – Oakley’s Annual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony


The City of Oakley will hold its sixth Annual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony
on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at the Civic Center Park, 3231 Main Street beginning at 10:30
a.m. Oakley’s program will include the Presentation of Colors, performance from the
Freedom High School Choir, a student decoration of the memorial wreath, 3-volley salute,
taps, and more!

The event’s Memorial Day address will be delivered by Nathan Johnson, USMC
Veteran. Sergeant Nathan Johnson served in the Marine Corps as an intelligence analyst
with 1st Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton, CA. After September 11, 2001, Sgt. Johnson
deployed to Pakistan with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines where he supported Operation
Enduring Freedom, and again on January 17, 2003, where he crossed the border into Iraq
with Regimental Combat Team 1 in combat operations to defeat the Iraqi Army, Iraqi
Republican Guard, and the Saddam Fedayeen. Since his completion of duty in the Marine
Corps, Johnson currently serves as the Contra Costa County Veterans Service Officer. His
office assists Veterans and their dependents in applying for federal and state Veteran’s
benefits.

Now in its sixth year, the City of Oakley invites the public to join together as a
community to commemorate the American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who
have died while serving our nation. Although Oakley does not have a cemetery of soldiers’
graves to decorate, many Oakley residents and their families have borne the cost of our
freedom. Accordingly, we will honor our fallen heroes’ devotion by presenting a memorial
wreath to the symbolic Soldiers Battle Cross, representative of all who have perished, not a
particular military branch or person. The cross, made up of a soldier’s rifle with bayonet
attached, stuck into the ground, helmet on top, dog tags hanging and boots aside, is
typically laid out in respect in the field. The gesture is a means for the still living veterans to mourn the loss of their soldiers in arms.

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About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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