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Editorial<br><br>Legion’s Memorial Day <br>service a Williams tradition<br>

The memorial service is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our country’s veterans through the years. It is a time to give thanks for the rights and the freedom we as Americans enjoy that these veterans fought for unselfishly. It is a time to remember those we have lost and give thanks for those who are with us today. It is a time to pray for those who are currently serving our country.

The American Legion has faithfully led the Memorial Day service for countless years. This year’s service will be no different. The service will include a time of prayer, at least one guest speaker and firing of the shot volley by the rifle squad. Arizona Army National Guard Sgt. Jon Clark of the 2220th Transportation Company based in Flagstaff is scheduled to speak. Clark — who is a deputy for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office — returned from Iraq in April. The service will end as a bugler plays “Taps.”

Since 1920, the Cordova Post No. 13 has represented and honored the veterans in Williams. Legion members faithfully place flags throughout Williams on holidays such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day, so that we will not forget to honor those we have lost. They also honor those we have lost by placing flags on veterans’ graves at the Williams Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Decorating the community and cemetery with flags is not an easy task. On what many consider as a day to sleep in, legion members awaken early on these holidays to place the flags throughout the community and cemetery. Each flag must be retrieved prior to dusk on those days. The American flags waving proudly on these holidays is proof of the commitment legion members have made within this community.

With everything going on in today’s world — particularly the war in Iraq — the Memorial Day service will lend comfort to us all. The time is 11 a.m. The day is Monday. The place is the gravesite of the Unknown Soldier by the cross at the Williams Cemetery. We’ll meet you there.

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