Tracy recalls the fallen

John Treantos Jr., commander of American Legion Post 172, places a wreath during a Memorial Day service at the Tracy Cemetery in 2012.

Significant anniversaries in American history will be the topic of John Treantos’ talk at Monday’s Memorial Day services.

Treantos, a retired history teacher who has been active in veterans organizations, will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony at Tracy Cemetery, 501 E. Schulte Road.

A history teacher for 32 years at Tracy High School, Treantos, a Marine Corps veteran, served as American Legion commander for 12 years and is president of the Tracy War Memorial Association.

At the cemetery Monday morning, Vaughn Gates, who is commander of Tracy’s Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts, will be master of ceremonies.

Mayor Michael Maciel will present a Memorial Day proclamation from the Tracy City Council. The national anthem and patriotic music will be provided by the Tracy Community Band, directed by Scott Lycan.

Wreaths from veterans and community organizations will be placed on the symbolic Grave of the Unknown.

The firing of a volley by the veterans honor guard and the playing of taps by Greg Wright will conclude the service.

After the program at the cemetery, a ceremony with wreath-laying and the reading of the names of Tracy’s war dead will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Tracy War Memorial on East Ninth Street in Tracy Civic Center.

Contact the Tracy Press at tpnews@tracypress.com or 835-3030.

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