Golden Gate National Cemetery Memorial Day Observance. Guest speakers will be Steven Butow and J. Kevin Graves. The ceremony will also feature a wreath presentation, vocalists, brass band, flyover and rifle salute. 11 a.m. May 26. 1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno. 650-589-7737.

Oak Hill Memorial Park. The ceremonial event will include keynote speakers Marion Matundan and Matthew Bell. Additionally, there will be a military aircraft flyover, a wreath procession representing conflicts and special groups, Del Mar High School presenting colors, military vehicles on display, and a hot dog barbecue. 11 a.m. May 26. 300 Curtner Ave., San Jose. 408-297-2447.

San Francisco Presidio Memorial Day Commemoration. This year's ceremony will pay tribute to Vietnam Veterans with a parade of the 191st Army Band, veterans organizations and distinguished guests. The parade starts at the Main Post near Sheridan and Lincoln Boulevard. 10:30 a.m. May 26. National Cemetery in the Presidio, 1 Lincoln Blvd. 415-561-5300.

USS Pampanito in San Francisco. "Lost Boat" ceremony, honoring comrades and submarines lost at sea will feature a 52-bell toll for each military vessel with its crew lost. 10 a.m. May 26. Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 45, Taylor Street and The Embarcadero. Please contact 415-775-1943 extension 13, for reservations."

Note photographs: Golden Gate National Cemetery, Memorial Day 2008 from Wikimedia.  Memorial Day, remembering CA's war dead from Los Angeles Times, 2012.

Posted by Kathy Meeh