Memorial Day 2024

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.

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 Chorale and the Davis High School Madrigals and Jazz Choir.

2024 Event Details: 

Monday, May 27th

9:30 am Musical prelude by the Golden State Brass

10:00 am Formal program begins 

Keynote Speaker

Todd Henry, Deputy Police Chief

Davis Police Department

Deputy Chief Henry has over 27 years of public safety experience. He was with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office for over 25 years, where he held various assignments and left as a Captain in 2022. Most recently, Deputy Chief Henry was the Chief of Field Investigations for the Security and Law Enforcement Division with the California Lottery. Deputy Chief Henry started with the Davis Police Department in March of 2023.

Deputy Chief Henry has held operational and management positions within patrol, K9, SWAT, investigations, Air Operations, and several regional task forces. He is also a credentialed Type 3 incident commander and was a Sacramento Regional Incident Management Team member for five years. He has responded to several large natural disasters throughout the state and has extensive experience in emergency management. Deputy Chief Henry is also the Chair of the California Peace Officers Association, Region IV Board, and a member of the Placer County Mental Health Board.

Todd has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Management and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.

Call for Public Art – COVID-19 Memorial

Mosaic and Mural Art Installation

Deadline for Submissions: March 15, 2024

Applicants have been contacted and interviews scheduled. 

BACKGROUND AND OPPORTUNITY

The Davis Cemetery District is installing a permanent COVID-19 memorial at the Davis Cemetery at 820 Pole Line Road. This memorial will feature a walking path, seating/reflection space, informational signage, and privacy landscaping. Visitors will walk along a path where they will walk through four to five archways, each designed to represent stages of the pandemic. The path will end at a reflection wall where visitors can reflect on the meaning of the memorial. As visitors leave the memorial, signage will be placed along the path describing the strength and resiliency our community has gained through the pandemic and will focus on looking forward, while remembering the past.

OPPORTUNITY

The district will commission an artist or group of artists to design and install mosaic art on each pre-installed pillar and mural art on each archway. The public art will visually enhance the COVID-19 memorial and will serve as the memorial’s primary visual focal point.

Within the safety constraints of the project and aesthetics of the cemetery, the artists will be able to explore their own artistic vision in partnership with the COVID-19 memorial subcommittee which consists of two district board members, listed below. Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to: Stephen Souza at sasouza@sbcglobal.net

BACKGROUND

The District’s Board of Trustees envisioned the Davis Cemetery Districts COVID-19 Memorial and appointed Trustees Heidy Kellison and Stephen Sousa to lead this project. The district’s vision is for the memorial to represent the following:

REMEMBRANCE HONOR & ACKNOWLEDGE RESILIENCY & STRENGTH
This memorial will provide a space for community members to remember those we lost and how the pandemic has impacted them personally. A space to honor our first responders, essential workers, small businesses, caregivers, families, and friends while acknowledging those who have been disproportionately impacted.  Recognizing our community’s ability to withstand adversity and recover from the pandemic. 

SCOPE

The selected artist and/or team will collaborate closely with Trustees Kellison and Souza as well as Jessica Smithers from the Davis Cemetery District. Ideally, we would like to include community member participation to assist the artist(s) during the installation process.

 

 

ELEMENT ONE – PILLARS

The memorial will consist of 5 archways for a total of 10 pillars. Each 16” x 16” x 8’ pillar will be 42.56 sq. ft of surface area or 85.12 sq ft per archway for mosaic art. The pillars will be set in a 2’ x 2’ x 2’ concrete foundation, vertical reinforced by rebar. The pillars will be constructed with concrete blocks – see example. The installation and construction will be handled by the cemetery and will not be the responsibility of the artist.

 

 

 

ELEMENT TWO – ARCHWAYS

The memorial will consist of 5 wooden archways. Once the concrete pillars have been erected, each archway will be constructed. Each wooden arch is 4’ x 12’ x 9’4” for a total of 18.8 sq ft of mural art. Example archway to the right.

 

 

BUDGET

The district will cover the cost of materials and basic tools needed for the mosaic and mural art. This opportunity includes a budget of $4,000 for materials and $12,000 for artists’ stipends. The costs associated with the pre-installed archways are not part of this budget.

ESTIMATED TIMELINE

February 29, 2024 – Artist call announcement

March 15, 2024 – Application submission deadline

March 29, 2024 – Finalist interviews with committee and notifications of selected artists and/or teams

April 2024 – Artist develops design in collaboration sub-committee / Final design review and approval

May 2024 – Projected installation period

End of May 2024 – Completion

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Interested artists should submit the following application materials to Jessica Smithers at jess@daviscemetery.org

  • Artist Resume: Artistic accomplishments, awards, commissions, exhibitions, etc.
  • Portfolio Images: Examples of mosaic and/or mural art preferred. Minimum 3, Maximum 5.
  • Letter of Intent: A brief letter explaining your interest in this project and qualifications that make you well suited for this job.
  • Professional References: Contact information. References should be able to speak to your ability to complete this specific project. Minimum 1.

REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS

Artists and/or teams will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Artist experience with mosaic and/or mural installations in a public setting;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with sub committees in a design-team context;
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with local communities on design development;
  • Familiarity with public agencies, and/or previous collaboration with local government;
  • Preference given to local (yolo county) artists; and
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake and successfully execute the work in accordance with the construction schedule, in a professional manner and within the project budget.

2024 Wreaths Across America Kickoff Campaign

The Davis Cemetery District has been approved as a Wreaths Across America Location and Sponsorship Group for 2024. So, why is it important that we are now a sponsorship group? As an approved Sponsorship Group, our cemetery will receive 1 additional wreath for every 2 wreaths sponsored. This is a great way for our nearly 1,000 Veterans to be honored.

2024 Wreath Campaign Kickoff

Starting Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, and running through Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024 – all wreaths sponsored through our Sponsorship Group will be matched by HQ for placement on next year’s National Wreaths Across America Day – Saturday, Dec. 14, 2024!
Sponsor a wreath of volunteer to be part of our 2024 event below.

2023 SOLD OUT – Annual Wreath Sale

We have sold out of wreaths and lanterns as of 12/05/2023

Family and friends of loved ones can order a holiday wreath to be placed on a grave or displayed at your home. The 22″ fresh Noble Fir wreath will be sold for $25 each. All proceeds will go to the continuous care and restoration of our beautiful cemetery. We have a limited quantity of wreaths, which do sell out each year, so please order soon!

 

For those looking for an alternative, we can place a solar lantern, suspended from a shepherd’s hook, graveside through the month of December. Lanterns are $25 each and will be removed after January 1st.

 

Orders can be placed by calling (530) 756-7807 or emailing jess@daviscemetery.org

Wreaths are expected to arrive between 11/27 and 12/4.

2023 Veterans Day Program

2023 Program Details

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Musical Prelude: 10:30 am / Formal Program: 11:00 am

Musical performances by Golden State Brass, Adrienne Fortini, Davis Local Vocals, and The Davis Madrigals.

Keynote Speaker: Jim Walker

Sergeant Jim Walker was born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1946.  He completed his BS from the University of Alabama and the PMD program at The Harvard Business School.  Jim served in the US Army from January 1969 through 1970 with a one year deployment to Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division.  He is the recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze and Army Commendation medals with V.   He retired as a senior executive in the transportation industry and has served on numerous boards in the logistics arena.  Jim is a member of Davis Odd Fellows and served as Chaplain in 2022. 

 

Dia de los Muertos

On an annual basis, the Davis Cemetery District hosts a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration on our grounds. This celebration is one of the last Mesoamerican indigenous influenced rituals, honoring mother earth and all ancestors. This celebration is part of an effort to create a community, a sense of belonging, and global awareness of cultural richness in our multicultural society.

Historically, the Dia de los Muertos celebration has included a variety of artists and performers, as well as a collective altar honoring all ancestors. Beginning in 2020, the district moved to a modified event that included a public altar, marigolds to be placed on graves, and informational signage.

 

 

2023 Dia de los Muertos Community Outreach Event Announcement

Despite significant outreach, we have been unable to find sufficient program participant interest to deliver a 2023 Dia de los Muertos program.

2023 Dia de los Muertos Activities

The Davis Cemetery Districts annual Dia de los Muertos public altar has been set up and will remain in place through November 2nd. In addition to the altar, we have placed educational signage, gravesite cleaning supplies, and fresh marigolds for visitors and loved ones to place on graves.
We welcome all to stop by, contribute to the altar, and enjoy the peaceful environment offered here at the cemetery. Please do not place open flames, incense, or alcohol on the altar as they can create a fire/safety issue.

Yolo County Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

Yolo County Needs Your Input! Take the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Survey Today! 

Have your say in Yolo County’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan! Provide your input to help the County design future programs, policies, and other recommendations to reach our greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals and help our community be more resilient to climate impacts such as higher temperatures, more frequent wildfires and floods, and drought. 

Complete the survey before September 22, 2023! Link to the survey here:

www.YoloCounty.org/CAAPEN (English)

www.YoloCounty.org/CAAPES (Spanish)

www.YoloCounty.org/CAAPRU (Russian)

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

 

Wreaths Across America

The Davis Cemetery District has been approved as a Wreaths Across America Location and Sponsorship Group for 2024.

As an approved Sponsorship Group, our cemetery will receive 1 additional wreath for every 2 wreaths sponsored. This is a great way for our nearly 1,000 Veterans to be honored.

2024 Wreath Campaign Kickoff

The Davis Cemetery District received 648 wreath sponsorships during our 2024 kickoff campaign which ran Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, through Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024. All wreaths sponsored through our Sponsorship Group were matched by Headquarters. I want to acknowledge and give a special thank you to our top donors, Chris & Lauren Snow on behalf of Operation Intrepid as well as Greiner Heating, Air, and Electric. Their generous sponsorships made a BIG impact on our numbers are truly appreciated!

With just under 300 wreaths to go, please consider sponsoring a wreath through the link below.

Sponsor a wreath or volunteer here

On December 14, 2024, at 10:00 am, Wreaths Across America will be at Davis Cemetery District to Remember and Honor our Veterans through the laying of remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. We will have a short program, followed by wreath placement. This will be the district’s 2nd year participating.