Originally Published: May 29, 2000 9 a.m.
PRESCOTT – Memorial Day ceremonies will take place Monday and Tuesday at historic cemeteries in Prescott.
Citizens Cemetery, 815 E. Sheldon St., will conduct an observance at 10 a.m. Monday.
That observance includes an invocation, readings by local elected officials, the laying of a memorial wreath, flag-raising, bagpipe selections, a brass trio, and a volley and taps.
The American Legion Post No. 6 Color Guard, Camp Verde Cavalry, Marine Corps League, Troop A 1st U.S. Vol. Cavalry "Rough Riders," and the Vietnam Veterans of America also will participate in the ceremony.
The Prescott National Cemetery near the intersection of highways 69 and 89 will conduct its service at 11 a.m. on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30 (Tuesday). The observance begins with a procession of the color guard from the Ernest A. Love Post of the American Legion, BPO Elks bagpipers, Camp Verde Cavalry and Arizona Rough Riders.
Featured speakers will be two retired Army majors, Fred Ferguson of Phoenix – a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest combat award; and John Tapia of Prescott, who has been honored with seven Purple Hearts.
The Prescott Fine Arts Chamber Singers will perform next, followed by presentation of the wreath on the cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and taps.
The ceremony ends with a Jewish Kaddish, a Hebrew memorial prayer for the death of a loved one.