A small crowd of veterans and their loved ones gathered at the Russian River cemetery in Ukiah yesterday to hold a ceremony in honor of deceased veterans. Maryanne Gonzalez, Commander of Ukiah Post 1900, Veterans of Foreign Wars, read the remembrance.
Veterans placed flowers representing purity, devotion, and eternity in front of a wreath at the VFW monument. An honor guard fired a ceremonial salute and played taps, a bugle call that signals the beginning of the quiet hours on post. Veterans who have been honorably discharged are eligible for military funeral honors, which include three rifle volleys by soldiers in dress uniform, taps, and an American flag over the casket. The Memorial Day observance is essentially a military funeral service for all the local veterans who have died in the previous year.