Memorial Day events around the Valley
Staff Report~ 5/21/2014
NORTH VALLEY – Monday, May 26 is Memorial Day. This day honors past and present veterans who have died in defense of our country. When it was first observed after the Civil War, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day and was specifically to honor the fallen soldiers who served in that war. Today, we honor those who have served the United States in multiple wars – and multiple ways. No matter the day or date, Memorial Day is a sobering reminder that thousands of people have died for the sake of freedom.
Memorial Day will be commemorated in Anthem at the Anthem Veterans Memorial at 10 a.m. on Monday. Everyone is welcome to attend the ‘A Day of Remembrance’ ceremony, hosted by the Daisy Mountain Veterans. Since there will be limited seating, bringing your own chairs and blankets is encouraged. The Anthem Veterans Memorial is located in the Anthem Community Park, 41730 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway.
Pay tribute to veterans with the 8th Annual Phoenix Memorial Day Rally. Sponsor one of over 150 flags in honor of a vet and join the hundreds of motorcycles in the tribute ride. The ride begins at 6:30 a.m. on May 26 and is located at the Phoenix National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road. For more information, see www.ridersusa.net.
Westgate is hosting a memorial motorcycle ride on Saturday, May 24. The 4th Annual Memorial Day Ride & After Party at Westgate Entertainment District, presented by Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln, will benefit Veteran's First and Soldier's Best Friend. The ride begins at Sanderson Ford at 8 a.m. and ends with an after party at Westgate Entertainment District. See www.aztributerides.com for more details.
Downtown PhoenixJoin the Pioneer and Military Memorial Park for the 31st annual Memorial Day remembrance. The May 26 ceremony will include a posting of the colors, a wreath presentation, a rifle and cannon salute, and taps, as well as a history of Memorial Day from speaker Vivia Hammontree Strang, National Register Coordinator, State Historic Preservation Office. For more information, see www.azhistcemeteries.org.