10 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2017
Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
The 46th Annual Avenue of the Flags Memorial Day event is a free, hour-long annual commemoration designed to honor our military men and women who gave their lives to protect us.
More than 1000 large burial flags will go up earlier in the day. Community volunteers will assist with this project which begins at 6:00 a.m., according to event organizers. Organizers include The American Legion Post 21 and U.S. Marine Corps League Detachment 686.
There will be numerous featured highlights: a P-51 Mustang flyover courtesy of the Pacific Coast Air Museum and “Remember Me” Boards for two Sonoma County military heroes: Stan Turner and Bruce Thomson. Thomson is also known as the “Duckie Commander” of a great fundraising tool that Sonoma County Vet Connect uses.
Each year a non-profit organization is selected as the recipient of funds raised by the BBQ that follows the ceremony. This year’s funds will benefit Sonoma County Vet Connect. It provides outreach to all former military service members and their families, and assists them in gaining access to services and benefits due them for their service to our country.
Santa Rosa Memorial Park has been serving North Bay families since 1885 and is home to several military memorials and lawns: the largest POW/MIA memorial in Northern California, a Gold Star Family Bench, a Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker tribute to the Armed Forces of America and a Veterans Memorial Lawn.
Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
We hope to see you at the 46th Annual Avenue of the Flags on Memorial Day!