In countless cemeteries across the land, national and private, people paused to reflect on the 143rd anniversary of Memorial Day.
The new chapel at the Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto hosted a service as the wind lifted spirits along the Avenue of Flags. Veterans and families gathered at the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Los Altos that was decorated with flags by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
The American Legion Post #558 conducted a tribute to all war veterans, and a Mass for hundreds of people was said by the Most Reverend Bishop Patrick J. McGrath in Los Altos.
Also assisting in the proceedings were priests from the Diocese of San Jose, Knights of Columbus, Conservation Corps and Charter School, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts.