PHOTOS: City of Clayton’s 23rd Annual Memorial Day Observance

May 26, 2014 15:00 pm · 13 comments

The 23rd annual Memorial Day Observance took place in Downtown Clayton on Monday morning.

The Observance was held at the Veterans Memorial Flagpole Monument at Oak & Main, and those who lost their lives fighting for our Country were honored during the somber ceremony.

photo credit: – Brinke Guthrie

EdiBirsan May 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM

It is always an honor to remember our veterans. There was a very moving talk by the wife of a soldier who had died in Iraq. She talked about the importance of hope and recovery with the aid of a community and family.

My son-in-law is in the military having spent a tour in Afghanistan, may my daughter never have to go through that.

Concord74 May 26, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Did you all view the PBS Special Sunday night recognizing the sacrifice(s) of our veterans from D.C.?
Very moving – sad – glorifying – recognition!

Matt Mazzei Class of 1971 May 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Very Nice Ceremony!!

warbirds45 May 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

This was my 11th Ceremony. Clayton does an outstanding job with this event.
The service men and women who lost their lives for OUR FREEDOM, my heart goes out to you and your families!
Thank you for your gallant efforts!

Paul Carroll May 26, 2014 at 6:35 PM

VFW Post 1525 of Clayton, Concord and Pinole, is proud to organize this event each year honoring our fallen brothers and comrades. The very moving remembrance of Ben Tollefson by his widow, Natalie, was especially poignant and beautifully delivered. And the keynote, “Dedication and Sacrifice”, by Marine Lieutenant Colonel Mike Hudson, recently returned from Afghanistan, left the audience with a better understanding of what our troops do. Thank you Mayor for all the great pictures.

Paul Carroll May 26, 2014 at 6:39 PM

VFW Post 1525’s namesake, Lieutenant Jerry Novakovich was a hometown boy from Clayton. He was killed in action on his 22nd birthday, in Viet Nam. We also remember him today.

Cowellian May 26, 2014 at 7:04 PM

There are some great guys in VFW Post #1525.

Another fallen soldier May 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Ronny C. Pimentel was also a Clayton resident who lost his life in Viet Nam.

We’ve missed him for 46 years now.

Oakhurst Dad May 26, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Clayton, once again, shows the surrounding communities how it’s done!

ClayDen May 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Mere words cannot express our gratitude for those who served, especially those who paid the ultimate price. Freedom is not free.

gratt May 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM

ya, those who served, not those who served themselves, like our county dept. heads and so called leaders

EdiBirsan May 27, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Concord and Clayton have an arrangement where we go to their event on Memorial Day and they come to ours on Veterans day.

judaspriest May 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

why do low level politicians insist on speaking at the ceremonies those that have never served a day in there life in uniform it’s a damn disgrace

I stopped going to walnut creek and pleasant hill for that reason, let us speak .. put out a call to speakers for these events let those that want their stories told – tell them …Veterans Day, Memorial Day – shut up you politicians step aside allow a real hero to be heard

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