Memorial Day ceremony to be held at Anthem Veterans Memorial
ANTHEM – Honor those who have lost their lives in the service of our country at a Memorial Day ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. ‘A Day of Remembrance’ begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30.
The Anthem Community Council, Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team, and Daisy Mountain Veterans are inviting the community to attend this ceremony honoring veterans. This year’s ceremony will include the presentation and raising of the Honor Flag. Since being placed on the fallen World Trade Center following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York City, the Honor Flag has become a traveling national treasure. This will be its first visit to Anthem.
U.S. Navy Commander Dr. William Krissoff will present the keynote address. After his son, U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, was killed in the line of duty in Iraq, the then-61-year-old orthopedic surgeon enlisted in the Navy as a means of honoring his son. Chris Heisler, a retired Army veteran who currently serves as president of the Honor Network, will present the Veterans Perspectives presentation. Heisler enlisted in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and suffered an injury while serving in Iraq. U.S. Air Force Col. (Retired) Thomas “Tom” Kirk, a POW during the Vietnam War, will present the POW/MIA ceremony.
ProMusica Arizona, under the direction of Dr. Adam Stich, will provide ceremony music. The ceremony is expected to run about 45 minutes. Seating and parking are limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring lawn chairs.
Boy Scout Troop 432 will be hosting a community wide flag retirement ceremony from 11-12 p.m., at the conclusion of the Memorial Day ceremony. The flag retirement ceremony will take place in the Anthem Community Park Amphitheater. Each person attending is encouraged to bring his or her own flags to be respectfully retired. A flag also may be dedicated to a loved one.
The Anthem Veterans Memorial is located at Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., in Anthem. For more information about the Memorial, visit OnlineAtAnthem.com/AVM.