by Robert Digitale, Press Democrat May 27, 2014
An estimated 1,000 people came to Santa Rosa Memorial Park to remember those who were killed in military service. But the audience also cheered for the veterans who stood as the Redwood Chordsmen sang the theme songs for each branch of the military.
Monday’s keynote speaker was Dennis Viglienzone, whose son, Army Pfc. Caesar S. Viglienzone of Santa Rosa, died in Iraq in 2006.
Viglienzone, a retired Naval officer and public school teacher, said we should know the origin of those young men and women who gave their lives for their country.
“They came from our families, our neighborhoods and our schools,” he said.