Memorial Day ceremonies planned in Verde Valley

Observances begin Saturday at Cornville Windmill Park

VERDE VALLEY - Memorial Weekend observances will begin Friday with the Cottonwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 placing crosses on all veterans' graves from Jerome to Sedona.

Commander Ron Luce said the post will place crosses and the Star of David on veterans' graves in the Old Jerome Cemetery in Jerome, on graves in Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale, All Souls Cemetery at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Cottonwood Cemetery. He said three cemeteries in Sedona will be included.

Two observances are scheduled Saturday

VFW Post 7400 will hold its S.O.S. Breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. at 705 E. Aspen St. in Cottonwood. For $5 per plate guests have a choice of the traditional military meal of chipped beef and gravy on toast, or pancakes and sausage.

Cornville American Legion Post 135 will have its Memorial Service on Saturday in Windmill Park at 9950 E. Cornville Road at 11 a.m. Chip Davis, Yavapai County District 3 supervisor and a veteran, will be the keynote speaker.

Also taking part in the ceremony will be Sedona Brownie Troop 717. The troop will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The Honor Guard from Camp Verde American Legion Post 93 will present colors.

Master of Ceremony will be Post 135 Commander Tom Rounds, and Pastor Don Sattler of Grace Tabernacle Church will deliver the opening and closing prayers.

Parking is limited at the park, so the Old Corral Bar is permitting parking in its lot at 11375 E. Cornville Rd. A van will shuttle attendees to and from the ceremony. Weather may be very warm, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and umbrellas. Cold water will be available.

Following the ceremony, all attendees are to invited stick around for cake.

For information, contact Merl Floyd at 399-0901 or Jim Strande at (928) 649-3374.

On Sunday, American Legion Post 135 will assist the Sedona Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution put flags on veterans' graves in the Sedona Cemetery. Post Adjutant Jeri Strande said about 50 flags will be placed.

Four ceremonies are set for Memorial Day

Cottonwood American Legion Post 25 will have a celebration at 480 Calvary Way in Cottonwood from noon to 2 p.m. The celebration will be a potluck and barbecue with hot dogs and hamburgers donated by Food City.

A brief service will be held by the Post Chaplain at 1 p.m. to honor those who have given everything for their country.

Cottonwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400 will conduct a memorial service beginning at 11 a.m. in Clarkdale's Valley View Cemetery.

Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig has been invited to speak. The post commander also will speak briefly.

A "Laying of the Wreath" ceremony will be conducted at the base of the Veterans Memorial at the back end of Valley View Cemetery at the veterans' section flagpole.

Water will be available.

In Camp Verde at Clear Creek Cemetery, the American Legion Post 93 will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tom Dimock is Post Commander.

Posting of the Colors by the Post Color Guard will begin the service. Al Raitano will perform the National Anthem, and Post Chaplain Gerry Munn will give the opening prayer.

The Placing of the Wreath will be performed by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 93.

Salutations and remarks will be given by Camp Verde Mayor Bob Burnside, Auxiliary President Sue Hand, and by Kelly Hollamon and John Linn.

The Post Rifle Squad will fire a salute, and Dr. Wright will play Taps.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6739 of Camp Verde will hold a memorial service at 10 a.m. at the Middle Verde Cemetery. The service will include a Color Guard presentation, flag raising and rifle squad salute.

Wednesday May 30 will be the Yavapai-Apache Nation Veterans Memorial Ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. in the Yavapai-Apache Nation Cemetery. The ceremony will include prayers, songs, a flag raising and a special dedication to honor the three Yavapai-Apache Nation members missing in action.

The Nation has chosen to conduct this ceremony on May 30 in support of those veterans who advocate for returning Memorial Day to its original day of May 30.

The Yavapai-Apache Nation Cemetery is located in Camp Verde on Middle Verde Road, west of I-17 approximately 3 miles on the right-hand side near large water tanks.

For information contact the Public Relations Office at (928) 567-1071 or via email at news@yan-tribe.org.

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