2023 Memorial Day Program

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.




We always appreciate volunteers to aid in planning, set up, and clean up. Please contact jess@daviscemetery.org if you would like to help.


2023 Event Details: 

Monday, May 29th

9:30 Musical prelude by the Golden State Brass

10:00 Formal program begins

This year’s Memorial Day Program is brought to you by the Davis Cemetery District and the Davis Odd Fellows. The Golden State Brass will perform a musical prelude at 9:30 am with the formal program beginning at 10:00 am. This year’s program will include opening remarks by Supervisor Jim Provenza, performances by the Davis Youth Choir and the Davis H.S. Madrigals, as well as words from keynote speaker, Sgt. Kurth Roggli.

Keynote Speaker: Sgt. Kurt Roggli

Kurt Roggli was born in Georgia in 1947. He grew up as an Air Force brat, living in Alaska, Newfoundland, Massachusetts, Tennessee and California. Kurt was a soldier in the US Army from 1967 to 1970 where he was stationed in Korea. He attended graduate school at UC Davis where he received his degree in Philosophy. Kurt retired as adjunct professor of Philosophy. He is married with one child and three grandchildren. Kurt enjoys playing music and serves as Noble Grand of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge.

Full Program Below