A trio of special ceremonies to honor members of the military who died in defense of our country will color the Memorial Day weekend in the Rim country.
Two will be held Sunday, May 29 at area cemeteries. The official town program is Monday, May 30.
In addition to honoring the war dead, the ceremonies are also designed to pay tribute to surviving veterans and the members of today's armed forces throughout the world.
Sunday, May 29, Memorial Day services will be held at Payson Pioneer Cemetery at 9 a.m., followed by a tribute at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park at 10 a.m.
The program at Payson Pioneer Cemetery is organized by Anna Mae Deming, who will give the opening remarks. Her comments will be followed by a flag raising ceremony, guest speakers, music and prayers.
"Please attend and honor our friends' and loved ones' graves," Deming said. "We invite everyone to participate."
The staff or the Messinger Payson Funeral Home is coordinating the ceremonies at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park. The activities will include a flag raising ceremony by the Civil Air Patrol Cadets, remarks from Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer and retired Maj. Philip Prince, plus a medley of patriotic hymns. The official town program "Payson Remembers" is at 9:30 a.m., Monday, May 30 at the Green Valley Park Veterans Memorial.
The event at the park will incorporate the Mazatzal Casino flag raising ceremony, which cannot be held on tribal property this year due to construction of the new casino.
Patriotic music will bridge the flag ceremony and remainder of the May 30 program. The event includes presentations by John Carpino, Marc Kaplan, Bishop Jim Stewart, Mayor Barbara Brewer and several guest speakers. The CAP Cadets will post the colors. Pastor Lynn Richie will give a tribute to American veterans and Misti Declair will offer the "Taps" narrative.
Music will include a patriotic medley, bagpipes and a bugler.