May 27, 2011
There will be four formal programs in Payson for Memorial Day, according to retired Col. Bill Sahno, chairman of the Payson Patriotic Events Committee.
The annual Pioneer Cemetery tribute begins with a flag-raising ceremony at sunrise Saturday, May 28, after which the cemetery will be opened for visitation.
The Mountain Meadows tribute will begin at about 10 a.m., Sunday, May 29, sponsored by Messinger Payson Funeral Home with the support of the Payson Patriotic Events Committee, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
There will be a flag-raising ceremony at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino at 8 a.m., Monday, May 30, with patriotic music and a program to follow.
The main Memorial Day Tribute will take place at the Veterans Memorial at Green Valley Park, starting at approximately 10 a.m., Monday, May 30. 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 guest speakers. There will be a tribute by the Payson Military Honor Guard, including a rifle salute and the playing of “Taps” and a bagpipe presentation of “Amazing Grace.” Additional events are planned in Payson, Pine and Tonto Village, including breakfasts, arts and crafts fairs, book sales, barbecues and more.
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There will be a sunrise flag-raising ceremony at the Payson Pioneer Cemetery for Memorial Day Saturday, May 28. Afterward the cemetery will be opened for visitation.