Riverbank Mayor Richard D. O’Brien, himself a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy, led a Memorial Day “Salute to Our Fallen Heroes” on Monday, May 30 at the Veterans Memorial Wall in front of the Community Center in downtown Riverbank.
Joined by most members of the Riverbank City Council, along with politicians who represent the area from state and federal offices, O’Brien spoke of the appreciation we should have for those who fought and died for our country. Many of those local veterans are honored with plaques on the wall.
The Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard from Riverbank High School presented the colors and remained through the half hour ceremony. Then, the National Anthem was played, and Reverend Charles Neal offered the Invocation.
The program speakers included Bill O’Brien, County Supervisor and former Mayor and Council Member in Riverbank; Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, who also lives in Riverbank; State Senator Cathleen Galgiani and Dana Ferreira, representing Congressman Jeff Denham’s office.
Dignitaries then placed a wreath in front of the wall, Taps was played while Council Member Cal Campbell raised the main flag from half to full staff, then Reverend Neal gave the Benediction.
Refreshments were served following the mid-day ceremonies.