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Support one another was Memorial Day message

Posted: Thursday, Jun 5th, 2008

Vic Padget and Kevin Sitko placed the memorial wreath for the Wilkinson Family's loss of John. Lynette Banuelos sings the National Anthem at the Memorial Day service in Soledad.
There were many touching moments during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Soledad cemetery on May 26.

One of those was the "America the Beautiful" medley sang by the Liberty Chapel Duet, Cynthia Landeros and Valerie Parker.

"That gave me goose bumps" many were heard to say after the song.

Emil "Pevi" Peverini stood, with support from his son, and saluted Army soldier Mike Lopez when Anchors Away was played.

During the playing of each military song, each service man and woman stood and saluted Lopez in turn.

Lopez, from Soledad, also played Taps. Lopez learned to play the bugle at Main Street Middle School.

The Main Street Middle School Concert Band, conducted by Victoria Zeiber, played during the ceremony.

Randy Handley, dress in a red, white and blue shirt, sang the words to Taps, and encouraged the audience to sing with him.

Soledad High School NJROTC (Navy Junior Officers Training Corps) presented the colors.

Soledad American Legion Post 32 Commander Ron Panziera welcomed the audience and introduced the guest speaker, Donna Vaughn.

Vaughn, from Soledad, delivered a message with remembrance of her father, who was awarded the purple heart two times, and her grandfather, also a serviceman.

She encouraged everyone to put aside differences and come together for what is right. Everyone is worthy of respect, she said.

She finished with the words from her father, "There are no atheists in the fox hole."

Pastor Tom Stewart gave the invocation, Brenda Gesinger, gave the memorial address for this year's departed comrades, and Father Ignacio Martinez gave the benediction.

The 2007-08 departed comrades are Manuel Saavedra, Tony Soares, Kenneth Riley, Gene Bisi and John Wilkinson.

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