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Unveiling Of Plaques Due At Memorial
Services scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Riverbank War Memorial outside the city's Community Center on Santa Fe Street will commemorate not only the 11th anniversary of 9/11 but also see the dedication of new plaques added to the memorial.

"Mainly it's to unveil the new plaques on the wall," Riverbank Administrative Assistant Luann Bain said of the 5:30 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday. "We're hoping that we'll get people there on their way home from work. And it will give a tribute to 9/11."

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 resulted in thousands of lives lost in the crash of four hijacked airliners, two into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the Pentagon and the fourth, going down in a field in rural Pennsylvania when passengers thwarted the hijacking attempt. The acts also plunged the country into the war on terrorism.

The five new plaques commemorate fallen local servicemen from previous wars and the memorial wall has the flagpole behind and the large statue with a rifle and combat boots in front, that memorial erected in honor of Private James Layton, killed in action in Afghanistan. He grew up in the Riverbank-Escalon area.

Bain said there are a few speakers lined up for the program.

"Pastor Adam Lema of Journey Church, they are meeting right now at Dry Creek Community Church on Oakdale Road, he is planning on doing the opening invocation," Bain said. "Riverbank High School band will be playing patriotic music."

Also anticipated are remarks from Riverbank City Councilman Richard O'Brien, a member of the local American Legion, as well as Mayor Virginia Madueno and City Manager Jill Anderson.

Bain said the Patriot's Day unveiling of the new plaques will see those added to the eight bronze plaques already in place honoring those killed in action during several wars.

New plaques honor: Wallace W. Van Dyke, Corporal, Army, Korean War; and four World War II service members, Floyd E. Osgood, Private, Army; Waymon J. Luton, Private, Army; Victor L. Johnson, 1st Lieutenant, Air Force; and Warren H. Burkett, Private, Army.