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Anthem Memorial Day ceremony draws over 1,500 attendees

6/8/16

ANTHEM – Over 1,500 people attended the ‘A Day of Remembrance’ Memorial Day ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial on May 30. The Honor Flag was proudly presented to the United States Navy color guard by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Daisy Mountain Fire Department color guards as the Arizona Fire Services Pipe and Drum Corps played in the background. As ProMusica sang the National Anthem, the flag was raised over the Memorial.  

U.S. Navy Commander Bill Krissoff, keynote speaker, shared his personal story of joining the Navy after learning his Marine son, First Lieutenant Nathan Krissoff, had been killed in Iraq.

He noted, “It was an honor and a privilege to join the Navy Medical Corps and care for injured soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in Iraq and Afghanistan. I consider it the most indelible time of my career.”

Also speaking was Chris Heisler, founder and CEO of the Honor Network. “This flag is a symbol of our veterans who serve and sacrifice everything on our behalf. It also is a simple of the honor of our first responders who fearlessly step into danger to save our lives.”

The ceremony ended on a solemn note as a bell rang for each of the 41 veterans who were killed in action and are commemorated in the Anthem Veterans Memorial. A final single bell sounded for all those veterans killed in action and "Taps" echoed from ProMusica trumpeters from behind the Memorial. 

Join the Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team, the Anthem Community Council and the Daisy Mountain Veterans for the Veterans Day celebration and the fifth anniversary of the Anthem Veterans Memorial.  All veterans and their families will be honored this year and veterans’ perspectives will focus on Operation Desert Storm.