Memorial Day at cemetery follows 1910 observance
PRESCOTT - Bagpipers, a brass band and Rough Riders re-enactors will be among those participating in the annual Memorial Day observance at the historic Citizens Cemetery in Prescott Monday.
The old-fashioned Decoration Day event begins promptly at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day in the cemetery, which is located along east Sheldon Street.
The public is welcome to attend and visit gravesites before and after the ceremony. The Safeway store on Willow Creek Road has donated fresh flowers for bouquets for people to place on the graves of pioneers who served in the military. Volunteers and descendants will be available to answer questions and provide information.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs. Parking will be available at Yavapai College and nearby streets, but not at the cemetery.
The observance is designed to follow the ceremony at the same cemetery in 1910.
It will include musical selections by bagpiper Denise Robinson, the Prescott Brass Ensemble directed by Karl Kaub, the "Worth Waiting For" women's quartet, and soloist Leigh Harrison.
Members of the American Legion's Post 6 Color Guard, Camp Verde Cavalry, Arizona Rough Riders Troop 1-A, and representatives of area veterans' groups will form the Honor Guard.
Public officials attending the ceremony will include Secretary of State Ken Bennett (master of ceremonies), Arizona Sen. Steve Pierce, Arizona State Parks Historic Preservation Coordinator Vivia Strang, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair Tom Thurman, Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog, Lincoln School Principal Bucky Bates, Chino Valley Police Officer Eric Hatchell, and St. Luke's Episcopal Parish Father Mark Moline.
Representatives of various community organizations will process into the ceremony, as was the custom in early years. Memberships of those interred in the cemetery determine which groups are invited to participate.
Citizens Cemetery was established the same year that Prescott was founded as the Arizona Territorial capitol in 1864. It contains the graves of more than 2,700 known Yavapai County pioneers and veterans of numerous wars, including the Civil War.