Local veterans have observed this day for many years. But this year was special. This year volunteers gathered to rehearse and then perform a formal flag folding ceremony – perhaps a world record.
This was more than a large flag and more than a large community response. This was a personal moment for each of those who gripped the edges of our nation’s flag and reflected on their memories of service long ago in a foreign land.
Michael Cockrell’s public service career has included law enforcement, water conservation enforcement, and emergency management. After 35-years at San Joaquin County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), he retired as Director in December 2017. His OES experience between 1982-2017 included a wide range of emergencies and disasters such as floods, earthquake recovery, mass-casualty incidents, train derailments, hazardous materials releases, droughts, extreme heat and cold events. His education includes Associate and Bachelor degrees in Social Science, concentrating in Administration of Justice, and, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He has also completed many continued-education courses on administration and emergency management.