Tri-State pauses to remember the fallen on Memorial Day
BULLHEAD CITY — Memorial Day is for commemorating Americans who died while in military service. Arizona Veterans Memorial Park is one of the most picturesque places in the region to honor those men and women.
Sunlight caused the Colorado River to gleam behind the people who attended the ceremony hosted by Veterans United Inc. Scores of small U.S. flags were placed in the grass in front of the Medal of Honor Memorial. That and other military memorials along the river were patrolled by members of Mohave High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC for hours before and during the ceremony.
Chairs were set up for honored guests, such as those who had lost a friend or had loved one serving in the military.
Mayor Tom Brady, this year’s event speaker and a veteran himself, explained why such efforts are important to show gratitude to those who gave everything to this country.
“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers,” said Brady, quoting from a speech by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
A person can’t help but feel awed by the level of sacrifice made for the nation by men and women in the military. Service in the armed forces requires men and women to exhibit selflessness, integrity and national pride, Brady said.
“They were called to be something bigger than themselves,” he said. “They wanted to protect the nation that gave them — and all of us — so much to be thankful for.”
Those who lost a child, spouse or best friend who died while serving in the military also have sacrificed something for their fellow Americans because an important person in their lives wouldn’t return home to be with them.
Brady noted that “freedom has a price and each generation pays its due.”
Anna Rich, pastor of Desert Bloom Ministries in Fort Mohave, also spoke. She talked about how the military can help someone find a purpose for living — even a grieving parent.
Other recognitions during the ceremony included prayers, a rifle salute by American Legion Post No. 87 Honor Guard and the singing of the national anthem by American Legion Post No. 87 Adjutant Mark Crough.