Memorial Day Tributes -- The Rest Of The Story

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Editor:

This year we presented four outstanding Memorial Day tributes in Rim Country. Each were unique unto themselves and were befitting the occasion.

Although there was photo and newspaper coverage, I believe that we need to add something more, something that we sometimes forget to do.

Your article in the Payson Roundup covering the Memorial Day tributes is appreciated. Although moving and informative, I wish to add to your description of what we accomplished to honor our veterans on Memorial Day 2012.

Four tributes were presented, two on Sunday 27 May and two on Monday 28 May. All were in keeping with tradition and honored all our veterans past and present. These events do not happen by accident. They are the result of the collective effort of many dedicated and talented citizens.

The Payson Patriotic Events Committee would like to thank the following: the folks at our Pioneer Cemetery who tend to the cemetery and place the flags on the gravesites at appropriate times; Messinger’s Funeral Home for sponsoring and supporting the tribute at Mountain Meadows Cemetery; the VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League; the Apache Tribe, Tribal Council and the staff and employees of the Mazatzal Casino; the Civil Air Patrol Cadets and the Payson Military Honor Guard; and all who shared their thoughts with those present at the Veterans Memorial in Green Valley Park.

A special thanks to Luann Carpino who fulfilled the role of master of ceremonies and has done so at many of our patriotic events. Our community is fortunate to have such caring and sharing friends, neighbors and American patriots who are willing to step forward and contribute their time to helping “make a difference.”

Bill Sahno

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