Memorial Day


Memorial Day ceremonies occur on the last Monday in May each year at 1100 hours at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville.

The ceremonies last from an hour to an hour and a half and include: Parade of flags by veterans organizations and youth groups, a fly-over and missing man formation by a squadron of World War II Navy and Marine Corps warbirds, Performance of the National Anthem and Service Anthems sung by the Ponderosa High School Chamber Choir, an Invocation and Benediction by a military chaplain, Pledge of Allegiance, Readings of proclamations by state and local dignitaries, Presentation of El Dorado County Veterans Monument Scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are the children of veterans, Presentation of a memorial wreath, a three-volley salute by a combined rifle team of veterans, a performance of “Taps” by a bugler and the playing of Amazing Grace by a piper. It is one of the largest and most militarily correct Memorial Day ceremonies held in California.