Salute heroes at Memorial Day Ceremony, May 28

The Memorial Day Ceremony on May 28 will be under the oversight of the Daisy Mountain Veterans (DMV). Sam Crump, Chuck Hale and George Walker, members of the DMV, are spearheading the ceremony, with support from the ACC. The ceremony itself remains unchanged, and will feature special speakers and music, as well as the POW/MIA salute.

This year’s keynote speaker is Rear Admiral Ron Tucker (USN, Retired), the visionary of the Anthem Veterans Memorial and one of its original support team members. His military service in the Navy from 1959-1995 included service in Vietnam. He was the Director of Installations-U.S. Pacific Fleet, Commander-Logistics Group Western Pacific, Commander-Task Force 73 in Singapore, and Director-Surface Warfare Plans and Programs in the Pentagon. Tucker served as the last Commanding Officer of the Battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62), Commander-Naval Station at Pearl Harbor and Guided Missile Destroyer, USS Cochrane (DDG-21) prior to his retirement.

Roses will be laid on pavers for those who gave their lives in service who are honored at the Anthem Veterans Memorial; a bell will be rung for each of them, followed by “Taps” at the conclusion of the ceremony.  

Special music from Arizona Veterans Band and Musical Theater of Anthem will be featured, and the U.S. Army Career Center staff will assist with the ceremony.

After Memorial Day, the next scheduled ceremony at the AVM is on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.