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Milpitas Hosts 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony

The City of Milpitas had a Memorial Day Ceremony on the morning of Monday, May 27.

Planned by the City of Milpitas, the Veterans Commission, and the Milpitas Recreation and Services Department, the event ran smoothly from start to finish.

The presentation included: Mayor Rich Tran’s Welcome Speech, a Presentation of the Colors/Flag Raising, a National Anthem by Justin Houchin, an Introduction of Dignitaries, Memorial Chair, a Memorial Day Reflection by CWO3 (ret.) Ben Finley, a Bell Ringing for the Fallen and Wreath Presentation, and performances by the Milpitas Community Concert Band.

In addition, a Milpitas Police Honor Guard Flag Presentation honored the life of Lou Horyza, a longtime Milpitas resident who passed away in March. Horyza was a part of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, and had served as Tank Commander. He was named 2003 Milpitas Citizen of the Year, as well as 2013 Milpitas Veteran of the Year. The day before Memorial Day, Horyza had been honored with the Father Pavalkis award for his years of service to St. John’s School and Parish. He was 89 years old.




Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro is the winner of a 2022 Golden Quill Award for her Education journalism. She works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works mostly with nonprofit organizations and educational entities to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also the author of “Fierce Woman: Wake up your Badass Self” and “Magic Within: Womb-Centered Wisdom to Realize the Power of Your Sacred Feminine Self.” Her YouTube channel features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief.

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