Multiple Services Planned To Honor Veterans

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Tribute to veterans at Payson Pioneer Cemetery

The Payson Womans Club and the Rim Country Museum present the annual Payson Pioneer Cemetery Memorial Day Service this weekend.

The event will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 30 at the cemetery's south gate.

A beautiful service is planned to honor all the men and women who have served the country.

More than 175 U.S. flags have been placed on the graves of the community's deceased veterans.

The hour-long program will include a service and tributes, a flag ceremony and taps.

Everyone is invited to attend and take time to walk among the wildflowers and view the graves, not only of the veterans, but the many pioneers who settled the Rim county, and pay respects.

Messinger Payson Funeral Home honors local World War II heroes

A special ceremony for World War II veterans will be hosted by Messinger Payson Funeral Home Sunday.

This event coincides with the dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. this Memorial Day weekend.

Messinger Payson Funeral Home will be holding a service at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 30 at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park, located in Upper Round Valley, to thank local World War II veterans for their service and sacrifice.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9829 will conduct the service with Major Phillip Prince as the featured speaker, prayer by Pastor Doug Waldrop, and a flag raising ceremony by Civil Air Patrol Cadets Squadron #209.

"We have many hometown heroes that either fought in the war or supported our troops by working in wartime industries on the home front," explained Mark Waldrop, funeral director.

"Messinger Payson Funeral Home felt it was important to honor these men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom and brighter future. This reunion is our way of saying thank you to all those that brought hope to the world," he said.

In honor of the dedication of the World War II Memorial, a certificate will be presented during the service to honor veterans who passed away this last year. If you would like for your loved one to be honored during this service and receive a certificate, please call Messinger Payson Funeral Home at (928) 474-2800.

About the WWII Memorial

The World War II Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during the Second World War. The memorial, established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, honors all military veterans of the war, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms.

The Second World War is the only 20th-century event commemorated on the Mall's central axis.

The memorial will honor the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home. Above all, the memorial will stand as an important symbol of American national unity, a timeless reminder of the moral strength and awesome power that can flow when a free people are at once united and bonded together in a common and just cause.

The memorial will be dedicated on Saturday, May 29. The History Channel and C-SPAN have each agreed to carry the two-hour dedication ceremony "live" starting at 2 p.m. ET -- 11 a.m., Arizona time -- on Saturday, May 29.

The memorial was authorized by Congress in 1993. Construction began in September 2001.

Town honors war dead, active forces

Honors will be accorded the Rim country's war dead and the many residents currently on active duty with the military throughout the world.

A special program is planned for Monday, May 31. Services will be held at both the Mazatzal Casino Flag Pole and the Green Valley Park Veterans Memorial.

The service at the casino is at 8:30 a.m. and the ceremony at the park is at 10 a.m., with shuttle service from the first service to the second provided.

The programs will include patriotic music, guest speakers, benediction, bugler, bagpiper player, a silent tribute and much more.

For more information, call Marc Kaplan, 928-474-6044, extension 158, or Bill Sahno, 928-472-6617.

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