Each year, the last Monday of May is set aside as a day to honor our military heroes. Originally known as Decoration Day, this annual observance commemorates those who died while on active duty, particularly those who died in wartime.
As is traditional, there will be a ceremony at 9:00 am at the Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 25, Memorial Day. However, this year the public is not invited to attend in-person due to the ban on gatherings over 10 people. Instead, the ceremony will be broadcast using Facebook Live on the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.
This year’s event will be a very short but moving ceremony, without a keynote speaker, honoring those that have made the greatest sacrifice. The abbreviated ceremony will consist of an Invocation, Posting of the Colors, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, Laying of Wreath, Taps, and Retrieval of the Colors. There will be no speeches.
Many people confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. Memorial Day is officially proclaimed to honor those who have died while serving in the Armed Forces in time of war, while Veterans Day is set aside to honor those who have served or are now serving in the Armed Forces. On both days, we should be thankful for those who serve to protect our American freedoms.
Traditionally, the local ceremony has been a joint effort of all four veterans service organizations in Fountain Hills (VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League Detachment, and AmVets). This year’s ceremony is led by VFW Post 7507.
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