“There are a lot of people who are looking for a way to say thanks,” said Antioch Mayor Jim Davis. “This is one way they can do it.”
Now nearly a dozen years old and still growing, the name of this year’s observance is appropriately dubbed Antioch Memorial Thunder. It will begin with the arrival of dozens of riders from patriotic motorcycle groups, and before it’s over, a trio of vintage warplanes will roar overhead. The ceremony will feature many local musicians, speakers, a 21-gun salute, a dove release and other traditional activities.
“We’d like to invite all the public to join us in paying tribute to those who fought for our liberty and are no longer here,” Davis said.
The public is also invited to enjoy a post-event barbecue at the VFW Hall, where $5 will buy lunch. Chicken, Polish dogs, hamburgers, chili and salad will be served. The Hall is located at 815 Fulton Shipyard Road in Antioch.
In addition to VFW Post 6435, participating sponsors of this year’s event include the City of Antioch, Oak View Memorial Park Cemetery, the Army’s 483rd Transportation Battalion, American Legion Post 161, the Boy and Cub Scouts of America, and the Patriot Sentinel Riders.
Oak View Memorial Park
2500 E. 18th St., Antioch
Start time: 10 a.m.
Flyover by B17, B24 bombers, P51 fighter
Note: Timing of flyover dependent on conditions
Arrival of motorcycle procession
Flag Presentation: Antioch Police Honor Guard
National Anthem: AHS and DVHS Choirs
Welcome: Mayor James Davis
Invocation: Chaplin Herb White, VFW Post 6435
Music: “When the Battle’s O’r,” Bagpiper Jeff Campbell
Music: “Gospel to the World,” Vickie Garcia
Speaker: Virginia Thomas
Music: “You and Me,” James Martin
Speaker: Henri Veilieux, VFW Post 6435 Commander
Speaker: Tom Karas, VFW District Commander
Music: “Go Rest High on This Mountain,” Timothy Forrester
Speaker: Col. Scott Gemeling – Commander, 483rd Transportation Battalion
Music: AHS and DVHS Choirs
Music: “Amazing Grace,” Piper Jeff Campbell
Placing of Rose on 9/11 Monument: BSA Troop 450, Cub Pack 151
Placing of the Wreath: Post Commander Henri Veilieux, Mayor James Davis
Music: “Time to Say Goodbye,” Carolina Bruno
Presentation: Bell Ceremony and Pow/MIA Table, Patriot Sentinel Riders
Music: “God Bless America,” Karla Adams
Music: “Going Home,” Jeff Campbell
Music: “All Rise,” Psalm 100 Choir
Gun Salute: VFW Post 6435 Honor Guard
Taps: Justin Spahn, Stephen Guidry
Benediction: Herb White – VFW Post 6435 Chaplin