16th Annual Remembrance Day Celebrations

“Gone but Not Forgotten.” That’s the message symbolizing the importance and impact of the 16th Annual California Memorial Project Remembrance Ceremonies. Over 475 peers and community members came to honor and acknowledge people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities who lived and died at California state institutions. The ceremonies were held at 9 different sites throughout the state where they were buried, either on the grounds of the institutions or at local cemeteries. This year, they were held at Patton State Hospital, Metropolitan State Hospital, the Russian River Cemetery, Stockton Rural Cemetery, Sonoma Developmental Center, Agnews Developmental Center, Manteca and 2 sites at Napa State Hospital.

Sponsored by the Peer Self-Advocacy Program of Disability Rights California and People First of California, these events bring people together to remember the history and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAchallenges people faced who were removed from the community by reason of disability. Community organizations, such as The Advocates, the ARC of Amador, Project Return – the Next Step, Our Way Wellness Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Mendocino County Supervisor John McCown and Senator Dodd’s office gathered to celebrate those who died without the respect and dignity they deserved.

1D7049B6-70DB-493B-8C15-D949DD361DD6The gazebo at Sonoma Developmental Center was beautifully decorated with paper doves and bouquets. Peers shared their personal stories of friends and family members and memories of lives lost. Some read poems in English and Spanish, while others performed music to celebrate the occasion. The Raging Grannies sang about remembering names, living for today and other songs of hope. Native American Chaplain Mickey Turtle led people at Patton State Hospital with a blessing of the ceremony, a smudging ritual and a talking circle, and guests painted rocks to honor their peers.

Gary Glatt flew from Canada to discover his uncle’s final resting place. He had died when he was 20 years old living at Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC). The SDC records department and executive director confirmed that his uncle, whom he never knew, was cremated and lay in a vault below a bench in the SDC cemetery with 500 others. After a statewide moment of silence, some walked to the burial grounds and placed flowers at the foot of monuments the California Memorial Project installed at the gravesites. It was an event filled with reflection on our past and hope for our future.

Sonoma Remembrance Day 2018

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16th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies

California Memorial Project

16th Annual
Ceremony of Remembrance

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At 1:55 pm there will be a statewide moment of silence to honor those who died unrecognized at State Hospitals and Developmental Centers.

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September 17th, 2018

NORTH
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Ukiah Cemetery
Russian River Cemetery District
940 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 94582
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987

CENTRAL VALLEY
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Stockton Rural Cemetery
2350 Cemetery Lane, Stockton, CA 95204
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Porterville Developmental Center
26501 Avenue 140, Porterville, CA 93257
Yanet Fernandez (559) 782-2286 or
Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5986

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Park View Cemetery (Next to the Mausoleum)
3661 East French Camp Rd., Manteca, CA 95336
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987

BAY AREA

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Agnews Historic Cemetery
1250 Hope Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: Robin Rhoades (916) 552-6625

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
DSH-Napa Campus (Gymnasium)
2100 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558
RSVP Required
Contact: Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5986 or
Karina Montanez (707) 254-2431

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Sonoma Developmental Center Gazebo
15000 Arnold Drive, Eldridge, CA 95431
Contact: Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5986

SOUTH

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
DSH-Metropolitan Campus (James Hall Auditorium)
11401 South Bloomfield Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650
Contact: Scott Barron (213) 213-8178

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
DSH-Patton Campus (Auditorium)
3102 E. Highland Ave., Patton, CA 92369
Contact: Linda Naranjo (619) 814-8516

All are welcome. If you have questions, please contact:

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Disability Rights California
(916) 504-5800 or toll free (800) 776-5746,

People First of California logo
People First of California
916-552-6625

15th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies

15th Annual California Memorial Project Remembrance Ceremonies: It was a moment for us to remember. On September 18th, 2017, the PSA program held its 15th annual California Memorial Project Remembrance Day Ceremonies to honor and acknowledge people with psychiatric or developmental disabilities who lived and died at state institutions without the dignity they deserved. Many were buried anonymously or in mass graves, forgotten over the years as weeds and debris encroached upon many of the burial sites. On what would otherwise be a somber occasion, over 300 people statewide respected and remembered their peers and celebrated their lives through songs, poems, personal stories and a moment of silence. There were 10 remembrance ceremonies at 9 sites throughout the state where many of the graves were located. These included Patton State Hospital, Metropolitan State Hospital, Parkview Cemetery in Manteca, Ukiah Cemetery, Stockton Rural Cemetery, Porterville Developmental Center, Agnews Historic Cemetery, Sonoma Developmental Center and two ceremonies at Napa State Hospital, including one in the secure treatment area for residents to participate. Peers from the local communities, including the Ukiah ABC Treatment Program, Peer Self-Advocacy Program groups in San Pedro, Rialto and Riverside and self-advocates from the Center for Advanced Personal Success and San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services and supporters from organizations like ARC, People First of California and Disability Rights California attended. Many ceremonies included a history of the California Memorial Project and speakers from local representatives’ offices, county mental health and state hospital directors and peers from the community. At the Patton ceremony, Mickey Turtle, the Native American chaplain, gathered people from the audience and burned sage to cleanse our spirits. This spirit and mood set the tone at many of the ceremonies. Following a statewide moment of silence, entertainment included poems and songs written by peers, a performance of Taiko drummers and songs from a local community group in Ukiah called “The Raging Grannies.” Many attendees gathered around in circles, holding hands, saying prayers and placing colorful flowers at the gravesites or memorial monuments, fostering hope that life will get better for our peers.

15th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies – September 18, 2017

The California Memorial Project will host ceremonies around the State of California to restore dignity and honor to individuals with disabilities who died at State Hospitals and are buried without recognition.  Nine sites will participate in this year’s Remembrance Day Celebration.

Ceremony Sites, Locations and Times:

 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

12:15 -1:15 PM
Ukiah Cemetery
Russian River Cemetery District
940 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 94582
Contact: Martha Cook (707) 443-2706

CENTRAL VALLEY

10:30 – 11:30 AM
Stockton Rural Cemetery
2350 Cemetery Lane, Stockton, CA 95204
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Park View Cemetery (Front circle)
3661 East French Camp Rd., Manteca, CA 95336
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987

10:00 AM
Porterville Developmental Center Gazebo
26501 Avenue 140, Porterville, California 93258
Contact: Yanet Fernandez (559) 782-2286

BAY AREA

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Agnews Historic Cemetery
1250 Hope Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: Robin Rhoades (916) 704-7716

10:30 – 11:30 AM
Napa State Hospital (McGrath Auditorium)
2100 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558
Contact: Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5986

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Sonoma Developmental Center Gazebo
15000 Arnold Drive, Eldridge, CA 95431
Contact: Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5986

SOUTH

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Metropolitan State Hospital – James Hall Auditorium
11401 South Bloomfield Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650
Contact: Monica Gallegos (213) 213-8179

10:30 – 11:30 AM
Patton State Hospital Auditorium
3102 E. Highland Ave., Patton, CA 92369
Contact: Robyn Gantsweg (310) 628-5230

STATEWIDE

At 1:55 pm there will be a statewide moment of silence to honor those who died unrecognized at State Hospitals and Developmental Centers.  By giving respect to people with developmental and mental disabilities who have died unrecognized we are honoring all of us.

All are welcome. If you have questions, please contact:

Disability Rights California
(916) 504-5800

People First of California
(916) 704-7716

We will be live tweeting ceremonies around the State. Follow us on twitter @DisabilityCA #CMP15

Save the Date: Remembrance Day – September 18th, 2017

Come join us for our 15th Annual California Memorial Project Remembrance Day!  Ceremonies will be held around the State of California on Monday, September 18th, 2017, to honor and acknowledge individuals with mental health and developmental disabilities who died at State Hospitals and were buried without recognition.  Ceremony sites will be announced soon.

STATEWIDE MOMENT OF SILENCE

On this day at 1:55 PM, we will have a statewide moment of silence to honor our peers who died without recognition or respect at State Hospitals and Developmental Centers. By giving respect to our peers,  we honor all of us.

All are welcome! If you have any questions or want to help organize an event, please contact:                                          

Disability Rights California

Alicia Mendoza:  (916) 504-5986                                                                                    

You can also follow us on twitter for more updates on the ceremonies @DisabilityCA

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SAVE THE DATE! September 18th, 2017

Come join us for our 15th Annual California Remembrance Day!  Ceremonies will be held around the State of California to honor and acknowledge individuals with mental health and developmental disabilities who died at State Hospitals and were buried without recognition.  Nine sites will participate in this year’s Remembrance Day Celebration.

 

Ceremony Sites Locations and Times:

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Ukiah Cemetery – Russian River Cemetery District

940 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 94582

Contact: Martha Cook (707) 443-2706

CENTRAL VALLEY

Stockton Rural Cemetery

2350 Cemetery Lane, Stockton, CA 95204

Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987

Park View Cemetery (Front Circle)

3661 East French Camp Road, Manteca, CA 95336

Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987

Porterville Developmental Center Chapel

26501 Avenue 140, Porterville, CA 93258

Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987

BAY AREA

Agnews Historic Cemetery

1250 Hope Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Contact: Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5986

 

Napa State Hospital (McGrath Auditorium)

2100 Napa Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94558

Contact: Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5986

Sonoma Developmental Center Gazebo

15000 Arnold Drive, Eldridge, CA 95431

Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Metropolitan State Hospital – James Hall Auditorium

11401 South Boomfield Avenue, Norwalk, CA 92369

Contact: Monica Gallegos (213) 213-8179

Patton State Hospital Auditorium

3102 East Highland Avenue, Patton, CA 92369

Contact: Robyn Gantsweg  (213) 213-8134

STATEWIDE

At 1:55 PM, there will be a statewide moment of silence to honor those who died without recognition or acknowledgement at State Hospitals and Developmental Centers. By giving respect to our peers,  we are honoring all of us.

All are welcome! If you have any questions, please contact:                                          

Alicia Mendoza

Disability Rights California    

(916) 504-5986                                                                                         

You can also follow us on twitter for more updates on the ceremonies @DisabilityCA