Arizonans pause and remember the heroes who died to keep our country free. The State’s largest gathering took place Monday morning at the National Memorial Cemetery in Cave Creek. Former P-O-W and U.S. Senator John Mc Cain, addressing the veteran-dominant crowd, says,”Our country

doesn’t depend on the heroism of every citizen, but all should be worthy of the sacrifices made in our behalf.”, particularly as we go about enjoying the holiday’s carefree activities like barbeques. He adds, “ Man’s inhumanity to man is an evil that will never be entirely extinct.”

Vietnam War veteran Rick Romley says, as he gazes at the many gravesites populating the cemetery, “I often think that, throughout our nation’s history, how often have we had to call on America’s finest to defend those ideals and those freedoms that we so cherish.”

The ceremony opened with a flyover of vintage aircraft, followed by the “Table of remembrance”, as a toast was offered to the fallen soldiers unable to attend. It concluded with a 21-gun salute, the playing of “Taps” and a release of white doves.

The roll call of soldiers who passed away since the last ceremony included just one name: Chief Petty Officer Charles Keating the Fourth,who died May third at the hands of ISIS

–Barbara Villa