The City of Oakley will hold its eighth annual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony on Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at the Civic Center Park, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Oakley’s
program will include the Presentation of Colors, performance from the Freedom High School Choir, a decoration of the memorial wreath, 3‐volley salute, taps, and more.
This year’s Memorial Day address will be delivered by Ret. United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Kira Serna, who was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Kira is a devoted mother of four and her fiancé, George Montgomery, is an Army Iraq War Veteran who received a Purple Heart. Kira is Licensed Clinical Social Worker and provides psychotherapy services in her private practice in Oakley, specializing in Veterans’ issues and trauma‐related disorders. She is a published author and also currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Transition and Care Management Program assisting post‐9/11 veterans.
Prior to that, Kira provided trauma‐focused psychotherapy services for over 1,000 combat veterans, military sexual trauma veterans and their family members in the VA’s Vet Center Program. She created and currently teaches the Warrior to Workplace Training program for PG&E to highlight Veteran’s strengths and to promote an inclusive work environment within the company. Kira has a Master of Social Work from USC with a concentration in Mental Health Military and Veteran Social Work and a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University.
Now in its eighth 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. 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 still living veterans to mourn the loss of their soldiers in arms.