Hats off once again to the Marines of the Rim Country Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Over the 4th of July weekend, Marines of the detachment manned stations at the local Safeway store and continued a tradition established a few years ago, the “give a Salute … Get a Flag Program.” It was a huge success for our local community citizens and visitors alike.

Complimentary miniature flags were provided to citizens in honor of the occasion and donations were accepted to assist the detachment in supporting worthy community projects.

Emotions ran high as participants were eager to share personal stories about themselves and/or family members who were veterans that served. Each had to talk about the veteran in their lives and the country that they served. This was a fitting tribute to the occasion and an experience that all who participated will not soon forget. Once again, our citizens have proven to be dedicated patriots and extremely generous. Another example of our caring and sharing community.

This event, along with the recent award of funds to local groups, represent examples of our citizens, working together for the benefit of all. Our Payson Marines are applauded for their outstanding community contributions and living up to their motto of, “Semper Fidelis.”

Under unprecedented challenges, they have demonstrated the ability to “adjust, adapt, and overcome” as we all move forward together.

Well done and thanks to all involved.

Bill Sahno, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), Chairman, Payson Patriotic Events Committee

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