For some Cambria veterans, Cambria’s Memorial Day ceremonies at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31, will be a family affair.
When flags are raised for the various service branches during the event sponsored again by American Legion Post No. 432, the father-son team of Lu and
Marc Estrada will be in Marine Corps dress blues to raise the standard for their military service.
Likewise, brothers Larry and Don Cowles will be in Air Force dress blues to raise their branch’s flag.
The U.S. flag for the ceremony is the burial flag for the late Karl Bergheer of Cambria, a Merchant Marine veteran and member of the Post.
Michael Bierbaum, director of the Cambria Chorale, is to sing the anthem, and local 4-H members are to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The Cambria Chorale is set to sing patriotic songs during the ceremony.
Keynote speaker Tim Haley is a co-founder of the “Faces of Freedom” memorial in Atascadero. He also repor tedly convinced Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee to introduce a bill designating as a “Purple Heart Trail” a section of Highway 101 between Los Alamos and San Ardo.
That portion of the highway has been designated as such, and there are 10 large signs along the way announcing the busy byway’s additional title.
The Legion Post also will unveil Jay Burbank’s shadowy new “Ghost of the MIA” (Missing in Action) memorial, which is to be an addition to the flag stand.
The service will include other brief speeches. A barbecue sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary will be offered following the ceremony at 1000 Main St.
Other events for the holiday weekend include:
• “Rivers of Song,” a Cambria Chorale concert including beloved vintage American music at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 29 and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at the Community Presbyterian Church, 2250 Yorkshire Drive. Tickets, $10 each, are available at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St., the Joslyn Recreation Center, 950 Main St., and at the door. Proceeds benefit the Youth Music Scholarship Fund.
• Allied Arts Association’s fiber-art show runs through May 30 at the gallery at the Old Grammar School, 1350 Main St. Gallery hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
• Allied Arts’ open-mike event in the Old Grammar School’s theater, 3 p.m. Saturday, May 29. Any performer may participate.