Five Memorial Day ceremonies -- complete with buglers, bagpipes and a silent tribute -- pay respect to our veterans, May 28 and 29.
"This is a proper time to rededicate ourselves to the principles and values for which they fought and died," said Payson Patriotic Events Committee Chairman Bill Sahno. "And pledge our resolve to support our present-day armed forces deployed worldwide.
Memorial Day tribute
The traditional annual Memorial Day tribute, presented by the Payson Patriotic Events Committee, begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 28 at the Pioneer Cemetery.
Wally Davis plays "Amazing Grace," on the bagpipes and an American Legion bugler will perform "Taps."
"There are over 200 hundred veterans buried there now," Anna Mae Deming, Payson Patriotic Events Committee member said. "Our little cemetery is a hallowed spot."
Her husband, James H. Deming served in the Navy before moving to the Rim Country in the 1930s.
The program includes a flag-raising ceremony by the Payson Honor Guard, guest speakers Art Stone and Phillip Prince, retired Marine Corps major.
Commissioned as a gunnery sergeant in 1968, he served part of his 22-year career in Vietnam.
"I lost 42 Marines in my three tours," he said. "It just leaves a lot of memories. Personally I will never be able to forget them.
"Memorial Day is sort of a sentimental thing, especially when you walk through the graveyards and look at the tombstones and see the honor that has been paid them for what they have done for their country," he said.
Prince said visiting the wall was the most difficult yet proudest thing he has ever done.
Mark Waldrop, Messinger Payson Funeral Home and Mountain Meadows Memorial Park invite Rim Country residents to the fifth annual Memorial Day program, held at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park, located on Upper Round Valley Road.
The commemoration begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 28. A flag will be placed at the head of every veteran's grave by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and members of the patriotic committee.
A flag-raising by Civil Air Patrol Cadets Squadron no. 209 and bugler Don Harris starts the ceremonies, followed by a prayer by Pastor Doug Waldrop. The featured speaker will be Maj. Phillip Prince.
The Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, will host a Memorial Weekend service at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 28.
The service includes a military color guard, music by Bob Morgan and Faye Lumley, and a tribute to the United States military.
Coffee and donuts will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Follow the flags to the Chapel in the Pines.
A traditional flag-raising ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. Monday, May 29 at the Mazatzal Casino flag pole. The tribute will include opening remarks by Farrell Thompson; flag-raising, invocation and benediction by Bishop Jim Stewart; guest speakers and patriotic music.
Follow the memories to the Green Valley Park Veterans Memorial Monday, May 29, hosted by the Payson Patriotic Events Committee.
Opening remarks by John and Lu Carpino; the invocation and benediction by Bishop Jim Stewart; the presentation of colors by CAP Cadets; guest speakers; patriotic music; bagpiper Eric Landau and tributes round out the day's events.