Memorial Day: A solemn day of remembrance for the fallen. On this hallowed day, we take time from our busy schedules to stop and reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform who so unselfishly gave their lives to defend our nation’s freedoms.
General George S. Patton, perhaps one of our greatest U.S. military commanders, spoke of celebrating the lives of those lost in battle when he said: “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” And poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow eloquently paid tribute to these heroes when he wrote: “They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, and their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.”
They came from small towns, farms, and cities across America. Each one different and unique. Each one united under one banner. Each one proudly wearing our country’s uniform. Each one ready and willing to pay the ultimate price. Each one a hero. From Bunker Hill and Gettysburg to Berlin and Baghdad. From Inchon and Pearl Harbor to Saigon and San Juan Hill. The battles have faded into history, but their gallant sacrifice will live on forever.
We here at Central Valley Nissan, your preferred Nissan dealership in Modesto, California, hope that you will take a moment during your Memorial Day Weekend activities to pay tribute to the more than one million soldiers who have paid the ultimate price in service to our nation.
Top 10 Stanislaus County Staycation Destinations
Of course, the Memorial Day Weekend is also a time for enjoying a three-day holiday. And what better way to do that than with a “staycation” getaway? There are plenty of things to see and do right here in our own backyard. So we’ve put together a list of our top 10 local road trip destinations right here in Stanislaus County and beyond that the entire family is sure to enjoy.
1) Hayward Area Historical Society, 22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward
The Hayward area is rich in local history and there’s no better place to experience it than at this excellent museum. There’s also a new hands-on children’s area the kids will love.
2) Dell’Osso Family Farms, 26 Stewart Road, Lathrop
Romp through the corn maze, enjoy train rides, pony rides, delicious treats, and lots of family activities.
3) Moaning Cavern Adventure Park, 5350 Moaning Cave Road, Vallecito
For a truly unique adventure, head to Moaning Cavern where you can enjoy zip lining and rappelling down into the cavern.
4) Funworks Family Fun Company, 4307 Coffee Road, Modesto
Get ready for fun for the whole family! Enjoy batting cages, an arcade, XD Theater, mini golf, and lots more.
5) Whitewater Adventures, Upper Cache Creek 800-977-4837
This is as exciting as it gets. Raft down Class 3 whitewater wilderness or enjoy a family overnight camping experience. It’s the closest whitewater rafting to the Bay Area.
6) Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, 3050 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy
Get on board the Timber Twister for a wild ride, or enjoy water activities, beautiful trees and flowers, and more.
7) Boomers, 4215 Bangs Avenue, Modesto
There are so much to see and do at Boomers, including mini-golf, go-karts, water boats, arcade, and more.
8) Haggin Museum, 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton
Located in nearby Stockton, the Haggin Museum features an outstanding collection of art, traveling history and art exhibits, and ongoing special events. It’s located in the center of beautiful Victory Park and Rose Garden.
9) Children’s Museum of Stockton, 402 W. Weber Avenue, Stockton
Kids are sure to love all the exciting and educational activities and displays at the Children’s Museum of Stockton. There are plenty of hands-on, play-based exhibits, special events, and more.
10) Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater
What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than by experiencing the heroic exploits of America’s wartime aviators? View nearly 60 restored vintage military aircraft, along with a fascinating display of wartime memorabilia. There’s also the Douglas VC-9C Presidential Transport aircraft which served as “Air Force One,” for a number of US presidents, vice-presidents, First Ladies, and other dignitaries. Sunday, May 24th is “Open Cockpit Day” with a variety of planned events, tours, and activities.
Discover All-American Savings at Central Valley Nissan
What better way to enjoy a local Memorial Day road trip than in a beautiful new 2015 Nissan? That’s why we’re celebrating Memorial Day Weekend at Central Valley Nissan with a bonanza of savings on our entire lineup of award-winning new Nissans. Now is the time to save with exceptional offers, special financing, and manufacturer incentives. Visit our Nissan dealership, conveniently located at 4530 N. McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA 95356. For Sales or Service please call 209-526-3320.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!