Sat, Feb. 22

Memorial Day ceremonies planned Monday

VERDE VALLEY - Four Memorial Day ceremonies are scheduled throughout the Verde Valley for Monday.

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.

American Legion Post 93 in Camp Verde will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. in Clear Creek Cemetery. 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

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