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Senator John McCain Memorial Service
September 1 @ 6:45 am - 11:00 amFree
You are invited to a special ceremony on Saturday 9/01 at 513 North Center Street, Stockton (Civic Auditorium) to honor the memory of John McCain.
6:45 AM – VFW Post 52 will open for veterans and the public to view the Memorial Service at the National Cathedral. Refreshments will be provided.
9:00 AM – Memorial service will take place at the Vietnam War Monument located across from the Cesar Chavez Library at 22 E. Oak St. Stockton, CA
Veterans of the VFW and the American Legion will conduct the service.
The program will include:
* a blessing of the grounds by Vietnam veterans Joe Maes, Terry Hanson and Charlie Flores
* presentation of the colors by Post 52
* a prayer for deceased comrade Bob Montgomery
* the national anthem performed by the Stockton Portsmen
* a reading of Sen. McCain’s last message to the United States and a eulogy by local Vietnam veteran Rick Dimas. Dimas met McCain when the senator visited Stockton during his presidential campaign and Dimas later visited the site in Vietnam where McCain had been taken prisoner.
* The Portsmen also will perform “Anchors Aweigh” in honor of McCain, who was a Navy pilot who was awarded the rank of lieutenant commander upon his release after five years in the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison camp.
About John McCain:
While flying a mission over North Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, the wing of McCain’s plane was blown off by anti-aircraft missile. During a harsh ejection from the plane, both arms and his left leg were severely fractured, and he was knocked unconscious. His parachute landed him in a lake, and he was only able to inflate his life vest with his teeth, as he could not move his arms. He was pulled from the lake by several Vietnamese, who beat and spat on him. McCain spent six years as a POW, two of them in solitary confinement. When pressed for information and names of his fellow service members, he instead gave them the names of the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line. He was finally released on March 14, 1973. He served in the United States Navy until 1981. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and elected to the United States Senate in 1986. He was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in the 2008 election. He served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.