Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the ceremony will be brief, but it will include a barbecue lunch provided by Walmart Heart and the Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel and Park.

A Memorial Day celebration is planned for Monday, May 25 at the Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel and Park, located at 830 Lassen Lane, Mount Shasta.

The event will start at 11:00 a.m. and will be a brief tribute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and died in the service of their nation, said one of the organizers, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey.

Memorial Day also pays tribute to the families of the fallen whose sacrifices often are the greatest in time of war and peace, Lopey said. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the ceremony will be brief, but it will include a barbecue lunch provided by Walmart Heart and the Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel and Park.

The ceremony this year will be dedicated to Tony Ginocchio, a Mount Shasta native son and war hero. Ginocchio, a Viet Nam combat veteran and heavily-decorated former United States Army Soldier, paratrooper, Ranger, and Special Forces operator, earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action, earned the Bronze Star with “V” device for valor, and four Purple Hearts during his 17 years of service with the U.S. Army. He was a member of many veterans’ organizations and the local Elks Lodge, where he tirelessly served veterans and their family members and through his former employer, Walmart, provided countless meals to needy veterans, family members, children, and victims of local emergencies.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, participants will be asked to maintain social distancing, and practice health-related measures to minimize exposure to the virus. Face masks are encouraged for wear, and vulnerable members of the population such as the elderly, or those with medical conditions, or citizens exhibiting symptoms of a cold, flu, or other illnesses should avoid attending the event.

Chairs will be available, but they will be spaced to comply with social distancing requirements. Spectators will be asked not to congregate in groups and after the ceremony, when the meal is served, there will be limited, spaced seating and most participants will be provided their meal in a container so they can take it home.

Lopey will provide a few words of encouragement commemorating the fallen, along with other elected officials in attendance. The Siskiyou County Detachment of the Marine Corps League and local American League posts will provide an honor guard and 21-gun salute. Viet Nam veteran and former U.S. Marine Captain Bob Singleton will play taps to honor the fallen. The event will be conducted by the flagpole, a pole Ginocchio helped acquire for the veterans’ area of the memorial park.

Contact Bob Quillin at Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel and Park, with questions by calling (530) 926-2131, or Lopey at (530) 842-8310.