Hundreds of Arizonans marked Memorial Day at a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.
See ceremony photos below
Men and women from different military branches, different wars and different generations joined thousand of veterans and everyday citizens to remember those who are serving.
Governor Janet Napolitano took a moment to remmeber those who didn’t make it back. “Volunteers have placed our nation’s flag on the graves of nearly 50,000 Arizonans who have sacrificed their lives for our country.”
For veterans like Ret. Army Master Sgt. Lawrence Carey this is an important day. “It means a time for me to remember my friends that I lost in Vietnam and the members of the armed forces that have given their all for what this country stands for.”
It’s an emotional day for veterans like Isaac Montoya. “I’ve got a lot of friends that went to Vietnam . . . they passed away and so, it saddens my heart. What can I say?”
The event was marked by remembrances and words from the governor and a military flyover.
At the end of the ceremony, a new bell tower rang out as doves flew over the crowd.
On this Memorial Day, thousands of servicemen and woman are serving overseas.
Here in the Valley, the 56th Military Police Company just returned from Iraq.
We asked some of the soldiers how Memorial Day has changed for them.
“I would have to say I always had respect for Memorial Day, but even moreso now that I am a veteran. It’s a great day to support our veterans,” said one serviceman.
How do they think regular folks should think about the holiday? “I would say try to go to some parades and support our veterans who have been overseas fighting for our country and just show your respects.”
If you want to support the veterans, a Memorial Day observance starts at 8 a.m at the VA’s National Memorial Cemetary of Arizona on Cave Creek Road, north of the 101.