Monday, May 30 will be observed as the Memorial Day holiday and members of the local Escalon American Legion Post will be busy with a series of four services that day.
Beginning with a 10 a.m. service at Burwood Cemetery on River Road, there will be three other stops throughout the day. The Burwood service is typically the largest and includes a guest speaker, presentation of the colors, the playing of Taps and the cemetery itself has small American flags placed on the graves of veterans for the occasion.
At 11 a.m., the group will host a service at St. John’s Cemetery, adjacent to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at the corner of Highway 120 and Carrolton Road. The next stop is a noon ceremony at Farmington Cemetery, just outside the small hamlet on Escalon-Bellota Road, between Escalon and Farmington.
Finally, services for the day will wrap up at 1:30 p.m. with a service at the Valley Home cemetery off Lone Tree Road.
The Legion Post and its Legion Riders will oversee the ceremonies; the post includes members from Escalon, Oakdale, Riverbank, Hughson, Modesto and more.
Meanwhile, the day is a federal holiday, with schools closed, banks and post offices closed and city, state and federal offices closed. Escalon City offices will be closed for the day as well. Businesses have the option of closing.
The long weekend holiday for Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial start of summer, and law enforcement officials will be out in force on the roadways, anticipating a higher rate of traffic for the weekend.