Memorial Day is proclaimed a national holiday, set aside to remember military personnel who have paid the supreme sacrifice, and to honor veterans and members of the armed forces for their service to the country.
• The Town of Payson will present a series of Memorial Day tributes this weekend.
The theme of the patriotic program is “Payson Remembers and Honors our American Veterans: Past, Present, and Future.”
Everyone is invited to join with friends and neighbors to remember those who have died in the nation’s service and honor those who have defended and continue to defend the standards and values upon which the country was founded.
The program will consist of four separate events.
• The annual Pioneer Cemetery Tribute will begin at 9 a.m., Sunday, May 24 at the Pioneer Cemetery, just north of the Payson Golf Course on South Vista Road.
• Following the Pioneer Cemetery service, the annual Mountain Meadows Memorial Park program begins at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 24. Messinger Payson Funeral Home sponsors the program, supported by the Payson Patriotic Events committee. The May 24 service is the eighth annual Memorial Day service at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park, located on Upper Round Valley Road just south of town. This special event commemorates the lives of loved ones who have passed away. A flag will be placed at the head of every veteran’s grave by the VFW and the American Legion. The program will begin with a flag-raising by the Payson Military Honor Guard and bugler. The featured speaker will be Major Phillip Prince. At the conclusion of the program, refreshments will be served.
• A flag-raising ceremony will be held at 8 a.m., Monday, May 25 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino flagpole courtyard, and will include patriotic music.
• The final service of the holiday is at 10 a.m., Monday, May 25 at the Veterans Memorial in Green Valley Park. Presented by the Payson Patriotic Events Committee, the program will include patriotic music, a presentation of the colors, an address by Mayor Kenny Evans and other speakers, a tribute by the Payson Military Honor Guard with a rifle salute and the playing of “Taps,” a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace,” a moment of silent reflection for all veterans, and more
• A presidential resolution is asking that all Americans at 3 p.m., Monday, May 25, voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of silence in honor of the occasion.
Throughout the Rim Country, residents are kicking off the summer with special events over the Memorial Day weekend. There will be fund-raising breakfasts, arts and crafts fairs, yard sales and more.
Benefit for humane society
There will be a “Guy” Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 22 and May 23 at 610 N. Luzern Circle. Items for sale include tools, hunting and camping equipment, extra large jackets, boots, shoes, gardening stuff, a bike rack and more. No early sales. All proceeds to benefit Payson Humane Society.
Book sale, raffle, and grand opening
The Pine Library Friends have lots of special activities planned for the Memorial Day weekend.
To begin with, the group will have a book sale and raffle from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 22; from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 23; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, May 24. The sale will be in the Library Activity Room at the Pine Community Center, behind the cultural hall.
The Pine Library Friends are also planning a grand opening celebration of the new Isabelle Hunt Historic Library Gift Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, 23 and Sunday, May 24. There will be stories for children in the park at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days. The park area is behind the library and next to Randall House Restaurant. Look for special bargains in the new gift shop.
Memorial Day breakfast
The Hellsgate Fire Department Auxiliary Fireflies Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 23 at Fire Station 22 in Tonto Village. The station is at 151 Mathews Lane, one mile in on Control Road off Highway 260. The breakfast will include sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. There will also be chorizo burros for $2 each and door prizes awarded every half hour. There will also be a huge rummage sale during the breakfast. Donations for the rummage sale are being accepted at the Tonto Village Fire Department.
Arts and crafts in Pine
The Pine-Strawberry Arts and Crafts Fair will be at the Pine Community Center, off Highway 87, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 23 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 24. Come to the cool pines for lots of fun, food and over 80 booths of arts and crafts. An all-you-can eat pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Navajo Tacos will be served at the Senior Center.
Mountain High Days
The 11th Memorial Day Mountain High Days Arts, Crafts and World Bazaar will be held in the county complex parking lot at the corner of Highway 87 and West Frontier starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 23 and continuing through Monday, May 25. Vendors will have all kinds of wares to share.