Veterans will be honored this weekend with a series of events up and down the Napa Valley as America remembers the men and women in the military who died while serving their country.
On Saturday, Boy Scouts will head to the Veterans Home of California at Yountville to decorate the cemetery’s 5,600 graves with small American flags. Volunteers will also decorate the graves Sunday. And on Monday, as many as 300 people are expected at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Home, said Jody Price, spokeswoman for the state facility, which is home to about 1,000 veterans.
In Napa, the Napa United Veterans Council’s annual Memorial Day ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street.
Calistoga’s volunteers have organized ceremonies at Pioneer Cemetery, where 10 new bricks with veterans’ names inscribed on them have been placed at the Veterans’ Memorial.
And in St. Helena, Kiwanis Club volunteers on Friday will place flags on the city’s lampposts and take them down Tuesday, according to the city.
In American Canyon, as many as 300 people may attend a ceremony near the foot of a 60-foot tall flagpole at Veterans Park off Broadway. The event features speakers that include veterans, city officials and other community members.
Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy Profitt, who grew up in American Canyon and served one tour in Iraq and another in Afghanistan, will be the featured speaker. Two U.S. Air Force personnel, including Airman Rachelle McCulley, who also grew up in American Canyon, will ring a bell as members of the public announce the names of veterans they wish to honor. Members of Daisy Troop 20112 of American Canyon will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, said Sindy Biederman, founder of American Canyon Troop Support.
“We want this to be a community event,” she said.