They are getting grayer each year, but the chairs still fill at the annual Memorial Day tribute to veterans in Payson.
The Payson Patriotic Events Committee and the Town of Payson are presenting four different tributes to honor both veterans who have died in service to the country and those who continue to defend it. The programs will take place over the course of two days — Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27.
Everyone is encouraged to attend at least one of the ceremonies and if at all possible the entire quartet.
• Payson Pioneer Cemetery Tribute: 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 26, flag-raising ceremony at the cemetery (corner of South Vista and Mesa, just north of the Payson Golf Course).
• Mountain Meadows Tribute in Round Valley: 10 a.m., Sunday, May 26, sponsored by Messinger’s Payson Funeral Home with the support of the Payson Patriotic Events Committee, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
• Flag-raising ceremony: 8 a.m. at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino flagpole, Monday, May 27. The program includes speakers, patriotic and bagpipe music as well as the National Anthem, an invocation and benediction.
• Memorial Day Tribute: 10 a.m., Monday, May 27 at the Green Valley Park Veterans Memorial. Bill Sahno, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), will offer a welcome. Father Lowell Andrews will give the invocation, followed by a presentation of the colors by the Civil Air Patrol Cadets with the National Anthem. Speakers include Mayor Kenny Evans, Tonto Apache Tribal Council Chairwoman Louise Lopez, Payson Police Chief Don Engler and Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi. Eric Landau will present a medley of tunes on the bagpipe and offer a rendition of Amazing Grace as well. The program will include a tribute by the Payson Military Honor Guard, which will also present the service flags of the various branches of the armed forces, a rifle salute and Taps.