12th Annual Remembrance Day Announced

On September 15th, 2014 the California Memorial Project will hold our 12th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony throughout the state of California. Remembrance Day is celebrated each year to remember and honor individuals who lived and died in State Hospitals and Developmental Centers throughout California. Sites participating this year include:

Stockton Rural Cemetery;
Napa State Hospital;
Parkview Cemetery, Manteca;
Historic Agnews Museum, Santa Clara;
Sonoma Developmental Center;
Metropolitan State Hospital;
Ukiah Valley Cemetery

For more information or to get involved call (800) 776-5746 or e-mail us at Californiamemorialproject.gmail.com

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11th Annual Statewide Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Remembrance Day 2013
September 16th, 2013

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. Ceremonies will take place at 8 sites across California. All are welcomed to join.

NORTH
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 PM
Park View Cemetery (Front circle)
3661 East French Camp Rd., Manteca, CA 95336
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987

BAY AREA
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Agnews Historic Cemetery
1250 Hope Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: Yvonne McGough (510) 267-1258

10:30 – 11:30 AM
Napa State Hospital (McGrath Auditorium)
2100 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558
Contact: Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5987

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Sonoma Developmental Center Gazebo
15000 Arnold Drive, Eldridge, CA 95431
Contact: Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5987

SOUTH
10:30 AM -11:30 AM
Metropolitan State Hospital – James Hall Auditorium
11401 South Bloomfield Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650
Contact: Scott Barron (213) 213-8000

11:00 – 12:00 PM
Patton State Hospital Auditorium
3102 E. Highland Ave., Patton, CA 92369
Contact: Garnet Magnus (951) 312-3092 or Lisa Hurley (619) 814-8508

3:00 – 4:00 PM
California State University at Channel Islands
Meeting at the Plaque near El Dorado Park
El Dorado Park, 1878 s. lewis road, camarillo, 93012
Contact: Robyn Gantsweg (310) 628-5230

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

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

People First of California
916-552-6625

11th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Statewide Save the Date

On September 16th, 2013, the 11th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies will take place throughout the state of California. Remembrance Ceremonies are held each year to honor the people who lived and died without recognition in State Hospitals and Developmental Centers. Events to be held at:

Agnews Historic Cemtery
CSU Stanislaus (formerly Stockton Developmental Center)
Metropolitan State Hospital
Napa State Hospital
Patton State Hospital Cemetery Grounds
Parkview Cemetery, Manteca
Sonoma Developmental Center
Ukiah Valley Cemetery, Ukiah

Community groups are planning ceremonies now! All are welcome to attend or volunteer to make these events joyous and successful. Call (800) 776-5746 for more information or to get involved.

10th Annual Remembrance Day: September 17th, 2012

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.

NORTH

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

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Park View Cemetery (Front circle)
3661 East French Camp Rd., Manteca, CA 95336
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 504-5987

 

BAY AREA

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Agnews Historic Cemetery
1250 Hope Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: Yvonne McGough (510) 267-1258

 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Napa State Hospital (McGrath Auditorium)
2100 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558
Contact: Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5987

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Sonoma Developmental Center Gazebo
15000 Arnold Drive, Eldridge, CA 95431
Contact: Alicia Mendoza (916) 504-5987

 

SOUTH

 10:30 AM -11:30 AM
Metropolitan State Hospital – James Hall Auditorium
11401 South Bloomfield Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650
Contact: Scott Barron (213) 213-8000

11:00 – 12:00 PM
Patton State Hospital Auditorium
3102 E. Highland Ave., Patton, CA 92369
Contact: Sheryl Bradford (619) 814-8509

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

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

People First of California
916-552-6625

Remembrance Day 2012 – Save the Date

Please join us to remember and honor individuals who passed away in State Hospitals and Developmental Centers at our 10th annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies September 17th, 2012. Each site will have a unique program which may include music, poem reading, and speakers. Participating sites include: Agnews Developmental Center, Napa State Hospital, Porterville Developmental Center, Patton State Hospital, Sonoma Developmental Center, Ukiah Valley Cemetery, CSU Channel Islands – Camarillo, Stockton Rural Cemetery, Parkview Cemetery Manteca, Metropolitan State Hospital

Please contact Alicia Mendoza for questions or to volunteer to help with one of our ceremonies @ (916) 504-5800

Remembrance Day 2012 Flyer

OVER 600 PEOPLE ATTEND REMEMBRANCE CEREMONIES ACROSS THE STATE

Two people holding a sign that reads "In loving memory of our fallen flowers" with flowers on the bottom

On September 19, 2011, the California Memorial Project held its 9th annual Remembrance Day ceremonies across the state.  This occasion provided an opportunity to honor and restore dignity to people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities who lived and died at state institutions and developmental centers.  There were 11 ceremonies at 10 different sites, which included:  Metropolitan State Hospital, the California State University – Channel Islands (CSUCI, which lies on the former grounds of Camarillo State Hospital), Stockton Rural Cemetery, Porterville Cemetery, Napa State Hospital, Parkview Cemetery in Manteca, Ukiah Rural Cemetery, Agnews Historical Cemetery, Sonoma Developmental Center and Patton State Hospital (which took place on October 10th in conjunction with a dedication ceremony for a monument placed at the cemetery). 

 The ceremonies are held each year on the third Monday in September, which was proclaimed “California Memorial Project Remembrance Day” by the California state assembly in 2010.  This event brings together consumers, family members, advocates and supporters to share their experiences and celebrate the lives of people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities.  Numerous speakers from the local communities shared their thoughts and personal stories, many of which shed light on the history of mistreatment, neglect, and the stigma and discrimination that people with disabilities continue to face in their day-to-day lives.  In addition, many people participated by sharing poems or music or even a guided meditation.  Each ceremony honors a moment of silence, which is an occasion to acknowledge and respect the more than 45,000 people who lived and died in state institutions without the dignity they deserved, in life or in death.  Many sites also had booths on display with pictures and detailed information about the history of the various state hospitals. 

This year, the California Memorial Project also held dedication ceremonies for memorial plaques that were placed on the CSUCI campus and Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura, and a large granite monument that was completed in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health that now stands at the cemetery of Patton State Hospital. 

Many attendees found the ceremonies very meaningful and enlightening.  Karyn Bates, a mental health consumer and member of the Ventura Client Network who attended the Camarillo ceremony said, “This memorial project was a very soulful and memorable occasion…We are very moved and impressed by your document displays and event planning and overall dedication.” 

 Next year’s ceremonies will be held on September 17, 2012.  We hope that you will join us in our celebrations.

SAVE THE DATE: REMEMBRANCE DAY 2011

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.

               September 19th, 2011

 

NORTH

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

10:00 – 11:00 AM 
 Stockton Rural Cemetery
2350 Cemetery Lane, Stockton, CA 95204
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 488-7787

11:30 – 12:30 PM
Porterville Cemetery
1013 East Olive Avenue, Porterville, CA
Contact: David Solis (916) 488-7787

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Park View Cemetery (Front circle)
3661 East French Camp Rd., Manteca, CA 95336
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 488-7787

BAY AREA

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Agnews Historic Cemetery
1250 Hope Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: Yvonne McGough (510) 267-1258

 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Napa State Hospital (McGrath Auditorium)
2100 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 488-7787

 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Sonoma Developmental Center Gazebo
15000 Arnold Drive, Eldridge, CA 95431
Contact: Jenny Olson (916) 488-7787

 SOUTH

5:30 – 6:30 PM
California State University- Channel Islands
1878 S. Lewis Rd., Camarillo, CA  93012
Contact: Robyn Gantsweg (213) 355-3634

 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    
Patton State Hospital
3102 East Highland Ave., Patton, CA 92369
Contact: Sheryl Bradford (619) 814-8509

10:00 AM -11:30 PM
Metropolitan State Hospital Auditorium
11401 South Bloomfield Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650
Contact: Brenda Calderon (213) 355-3633

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

Disability Rights California
Jenny Olson: (916) 488-7787 or toll free (800) 776-5746

California Network of Mental Health Clients
Gulshan Yusufzai: (916) 443-3232 or toll free (800) 626-7447

People First of California
Robin Rhodes: 916-552-6625