45 names added to Memorial Wall

Skye Kinkade
Siskiyou County Sheriff and retired Colonel USAR Jon Lopey was the keynote speaker at the May 29 Memorial Day ceremony at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden, sponsored by the Weed/Lake Shastina Kiwanis.

Forty-five new names were added to the Memorial Wall at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden last Sunday during a ceremony hosted, as always, by the Weed/Lake Shastina Kiwanis.

Seats were filled and people crowded around the Wall to hear an invocation by Robert Menzies and a rousing speech by Siskiyou County Sheriff and retired Colonel USAR Jon Lopey.

Lopey offered a wealth of information during his speech, which Capt. US?Navy Ret. and master of ceremonies Jack Runnels called “heartfelt and sincere.”

“Siskiyou County has lost its share of heroes,” Lopey said. “Warriors like Sergeant Michael S. Hancock of Yreka; Specialist Matthew P. Steyart, Mount Shasta, and Corporal Travis Woods, Palo Cedro and Mount Shasta.”

Lopey said Travis’ mother visits his grave site in Mount Shasta daily, and he visited it that morning.

“His headstone reads, ‘Travis M. Woods, USMC, Afghanistan, March 14, 1986 to September 9, 2007, Navy Commendation Medal, With Pride and Excellence, Semper Fi,’” Lopey said. “I often wonder what great heroes like Travis and his brothers and sisters-in-arms, killed in battle, would have contributed to our nation and this world had they survived the war.  Although such loss is grievous, we can feel honored, humbled and fortunate that such heroes live and sacrifice so much for us and others.”

Also included in last week’s ceremony was a presentation of the colors by the Siskiyou Detachment 936 of the Marine Corps League.

A select group of College of the Siskiyous Community Choir, directed and accompanied by Jan Stensaas, performed three patriotic songs, including “America the Beautiful,” “America” (with arrangement by Roger Emerson) and “America’s Promise,” a composition by Stensaas herself.

The names represent someone, living or dead, who has served in the armed forces and has been honorably discharged, explained master of ceremonies Jack Runnels.

The 45 names were read aloud by Suzanne Breceda, Nancy Wallace and Bruce Rogers, who are all members of the Sculpture Garden board of directors.

Those honored include BMC Clifford Broyles, Francis Hanley, William Smith, Roy Katschke, William Alonzo Miller, Kenneth Bowersmith, Robert Woodward, Jason Woodward, Sean Michael Woodward, Bruce Cossairt, Lowell Cossairt, Julio Mora, Leonard Nicholas, William Nicholas, Tyler Bolen, Clifford Baker, Daniel Stamps, Scott Tilden, Ronald Hoover, Gordon Nakagawa, Louis Wacker, Paul Woodard, Barbara Rinehart, Maynard Henderson, Donald Henderson, Gerald Reed, George Kinkade, Jr., Richard Blue, Franklin Trask, Jacob Lindner, Donald Smith, Richard Wood, Carl Webber, Anthony Cardoza, Frank Amaral, David Graham, Daniel Hatcher, Henry “Hank” Howerton, Sr., Henry Dantini, David Williams, Avery Wetzig, Michael Sprunger, John Brennan, Jonathan Fisher.

Three new names were added to the Gene Greceda sponsor wall, including Carol Cardosa, the Yreka Elks Lodge and Brian McKee from the Yreka High School vocal ensemble.

The entire audience stood as Perry Harris of Post 260 of the Scott Valley American Legion fired a Salute to the Dead, after which John Kessler played Taps.

To close the ceremony, Kiwanis president John Diehm gave a benediction.

The Siskiyou Detachment 936 of the Marine Corps League presented the colors at the May 29 Memorial Day ceremony at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden.