Originally Published: June 9, 2010 9 a.m.
Memorial Day - for so many of us, there are so many past memories. From our youth, being with Dad and Mom for that special start of summer - Memorial Day - a three-day event, to the years we all raised our own children. We remember camping, water skiing and going to Grandma and Grandpa's. May 31, 2010, was for those who participated a much deeper event - 230 years of respecting a flag. For these people, it represents a freedom that no other country understands.
At 8 a.m., we installed the flags on the Avenue of Flags along Stagecoach Road in Cordes Lakes. At 9:30 a.m., we raised the colors at the park area in front of the 50's Backseat Diner in Cordes Lakes with a large group, including Sen. Steve Pierce, candidate for governor Buzz Mills, Mayer Fire Chief Glenn Brown and Sheriff Steve Waugh.
The Cordes Lakes American Legion Post 122 Honor Guard presented the colors, with vocals and keyboard presenting the National Anthem as the flag went to full staff and back to half-staff until noon. The Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer by the Post Chaplain and finally all of us singing, "America the Beautiful" followed.
Sen. Pierce offered to take our giant 12 ft. x 18 ft. flag and have it flown at the State Capitol for the day. This flag will reside with Post 122 for special events - how fitting for this community - thank God and this country for all of our freedoms.