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Historic War Memorial Cannon finds new home in Central Park
The Korean War era cannon that used to sit in front of the War Memorial Building on Canal Drive will soon be installed in its new home at Central Park. A dedication ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 11, Veterans' Day. - photo by Photo Contributed

There is not a more appropriate day of the year than Veterans’ Day for the rededication ceremony of the War Memorial Cannon that the City of Turlock has occupied for over half a decade.

Previously located outside of Turlock Irrigation District — before the 900 N. Palm Avenue properties were sold — the cannon will now find its new home in Central Park.

“We had concerns with the cannon being moved because we didn’t know where it was going,” said Gunner Bruce, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars local chapter. “We got with the mayor and city council to request that they not hide the cannon because it was contributed from veterans of the Korean War and Vietnam War.”

Local veterans groups such as American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter and also Korean War veterans all had stakes in this project and worked closely with the Parks, Recreation, and Facilities department and city council’s attorney to find a reasonable solution for the cannon’s new resting spot.

“We’re all looking forward to rededicating the cannon to that area so its visible to everyone to take a look at it—not only veteran groups but also the whole city,” said Bruce.

Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, is the set date for the ceremony and the event will last from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The rededication will include music from the Pitman Band and a performance from their color guard. Mayor Gary Soiseth and Congressman Jeff Denham will both speak and will be joined by members of the armed forces and representatives of the veteran groups.

“I hope that a lot of people come to the event,” said Bruce. “Not only the veterans, but a lot of other people, too. It’s going to be a special day.”