Ceremonies planned for Memorial Day
BULLHEAD CITY — At least four public Memorial Day ceremonies are scheduled in the Tri-state next Monday.
• Desert Lawn Memorial Gardens, in Mohave Valley, will be the site of a service at 10 a.m.
Desert Lawn Funeral Home, Crematory and Cemetery, in conjunction with several veterans organizations, has organized the service annually. This year, the guest speaker will be Pamela Baron, a Blue Star Mom — a mother with a child in active duty in the U.S. military — and a member of the Tri-State Military Moms.
John Pynakker, president and CEO of the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce and an Army veteran, will preside as master of ceremonies. Pastor Eugene Stouffer, of Mohave Valley United Methodist Church, will give the invocation and benediction.
The United Veterans Honor Guard, composed of members of Mohave County VFW posts, will oversee presentation of the colors, a rifle salute and taps.
In addition, VFW Post 6306, of Topock, will sell Buddy Poppies.
Desert Lawn will accept donations for the Shawn Stimmell family. Stimmell, a 30-year-old Tri-state resident, and his wife have four children. The Army veteran is suffering from terminal cancer.
In preparation for the Memorial Day ceremony, Desert Lawn will conduct placement of American flags starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Volunteers are advised to bring bug repellent as the mosquito population has arrived at the cemetery in rural Mohave Valley.
• At 11 a.m. Monday, American Legion Post 60, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 60, American Legion Riders Chapter 60, Unit 60 of the American Legion Auxiliary, and Veterans of Wars Post 243, all of Laughlin, will conduct the annual Laughlin Memorial Day ceremony.
The event will be held at Laughlin American Legion Hall, 1510 Bruce Woodbury Drive. In past years, the ceremony has taken place at the Avenue of Flags south of the Laughlin Bridge on Casino Drive. The change of venue was because, in past years, the heat has taken its toll on some of the older veterans and other spectators.
Following the ceremony, lunch will be served at the Legion Hall for those who attended the Memorial Day service.
• Also at 11 a.m., traditional services will be held at Riveriew Cemetery in Needles, under the direction of Natalie Johnson of Fat Cat in the Hat DJ Services.
Names of local veterans who have died in the past year will be read.
• At noon Monday, Veterans United of Bullhead City will conduct a Memorial Day service at Arizona Veterans Memorial Park.
Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady is the guest speaker. Anna Rich, of Desert Bloom Ministries, will give the invocation.
Shuttle service will be available from the parking lot to the area of the Eternal Flame, where the ceremony will be held.