Pleasanton's Memorial Day event is scheduled for 11 a.m.-noon today at the Pioneer Cemetery, 5780 Sunol Blvd. and will include patriotic speeches and a 21-gun salute.
Although the event is expected to attract hundreds of participants, the city of Pleasanton has decided to prohibit parking inside the cemetery grounds during this year's ceremony. Officials also ruled against allowing parking along Sunol Boulevard due to safety concerns regarding pedestrians and normal 45 mph. traffic on that stretch of the street.
Parking inside the cemetery gates will be restricted to those vehicles with handicap plates or placards displayed.
However, the city agreed to provide a free shuttle service beginning at 10 a.m. from the Pleasanton Senior Center parking lot,
Doug Miller, post commander of the VFW post, said the parking restriction imposed by the city is due to recent construction at the cemetery and another event being held by St. Augustine Catholic Church on the church-owned portion of the cemetery.
He advised the public to arrive early to allow time to board the shuttles and travel to the cemetery.
Some limited parking is available on Sunol Boulevard beyond the cemetery in front of the Pleasanton Weekly and in several private lots including the Pleasanton Weekly's, Berlager Geotechnical Consultants and Cor-O-Van, Miller said.
The free shuttle return route will take place at the conclusion of the event.
Immediately after the hour-long observance, the VFW Ambrose D. Regalia Post 6298 will provide a free lunch of sandwiches and chips at the Veterans Hall, 301 Main St.
Saturday, the VFW placed American flags on the graves of all military veterans buried at Pioneer Cemetery.