Memorial Day Events To Honor ‘America At War'


Veterans and active duty personnel of the U.S. military will be honored in ceremonies both Sunday and Monday, May 30 and 31.

Retired Marine Corps Major Phil Prince of Payson will be the featured speaker at all the Memorial Day services and ceremonies.

Early in his career, Prince was an enlisted Marine Corps drill instructor. He later served three tours of duty with the Marine Corps Reconnaissance Battalion in Vietnam where he received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant as an outstanding combat leader.

The primary event is the Payson Memorial Day program, which will be presented in two parts: one at 8:30 a.m., Monday, May 31 at the Mazatzal Casino flagpole, and the second at 10 a.m., at the Veterans Memorial in Green Valley Park.

The programs not only pay tribute to the country's war dead, but to those veterans who have retired in the Rim country and the young men and women still serving in the military.

The program at the casino flagpole is at 8:30 a.m. and opens with remarks by Marc Kaplan. The schedule planned for the first event also includes, an invocation and the National Anthem; remarks by a representative of the Tonto Apache Tribe and its Tribal Council; comments from Payson Mayor Ken Murphy; guest speaker Vietnam veteran Marine Major Phil Prince of Payson.

The program is expected to last about an hour, with transportation to Green Valley Park following for those interested.

The schedule for the Memorial Day Service at Green Valley Park includes: patriotic music, posting of the Colors, remarks by the mayor, presentation by Prince, inspirational prayer by Bishop Jim Stewart, musical interlude with "Service Medley."

Preceding the Memorial Day events are two additional services. These will be conducted at 9 a.m. at the Payson Pioneer Cemetery, and at 11 a.m. at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park on Sunday, May 30.

Messinger Payson Funeral Home will be holding a service in Upper Round Valley, to thank local World War II veterans for their service and sacrifice.

In honor of the dedication of the World War II Memorial, a certificate will be presented during the service to honor veterans who died this last year. If you would like for your loved one to be honored, call (928) 474-2800.

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