Originally Published: May 20, 2017 6 a.m.
Memorial Day is fast approaching and we need to come together to remember and honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s finest and bravest, our servicemen and women.
Last year, on Flag Day the All Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee added 32 names to the Veterans Memorial. This brought the total to 187 Yavapai County veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country while defending our freedom. Five were young men who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. The additional 27 were veterans who died in service to the United States during WWI through Vietnam. These men waited to be found, remembered and honored as follows: WWI – 98 years; WWII – 71 years; Korea – 64 years; and Vietnam – 41 years.
Fifty-three of those names are young men who attended Prescott High School.
Let us continue to make sure these heroes are never forgotten, not yesterday, not today and not all the tomorrows to come.
I would like to encourage all of us to take part in the National Moment of Remembrance, which takes place at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. Wherever you are, stop and reflect on the sacrifices our servicemen and women have made.
Whenever I see a soldier boy- No matter where it be- I give him salutation for he means so much to me- He’s not the boy we used to know- In store, at desk or plow- He’s a defender of our faith- He’s in the service now- He keeps Old Glory flying on land and air and sea- He lives to make our homes secure- He dies to keep us free
- Poem by Sam Miller, written in 1942