The Yuma community is asking for help from the public on this memorial day

News 11’s Adonis Albright speaks to local veterans about how they honor the fallen men and women who have served our country

YUMA, Arizona (KYMA, KECY) – Memorial Day is just around the corner, and the Yuma veteran community greets everyone every Monday to come out and honor the fallen men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Several organizations, including the American Legion, will be attending this year’s ceremonies.

Volunteers are needed this Saturday at 7:00 a.m. at Desert Lawn Memorial Park to place crosses on each veteran’s grave.

Anyone can volunteer. Mark Martinez, the post commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) after 1763, says this is a great opportunity to get kids to learn about the importance of Memorial Day at an early age.

“We must honor our fallen – the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, not only for our country but also for our way of life. We must remember them. We must teach our children so that it does not go away,” said Martinez.

The American Legion, VFW, AMVETS, and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) are just a few of the local organizations participating in the events on Memorial Day.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Monday morning, the American Legion starts dropping wreaths in the river on the Ocean to Ocean Bridge Highway. After the ceremony on the river, the VFW will hold its ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Desert Lawn Memorial Park. Another ceremony will also take place at Sunset Vista. Events include raising the flags along with the national anthem.

Volunteers are also needed in the cemetery around 3 p.m. the day after Memorial Day to recover the crosses from the graves of the veterans.

“We have the naval base. We have YPG, so we’re a veteran town. We must honor our fallen, the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, not only for our country but also for our way of life. We have to remember them. We have to teach our children so it doesn’t go away, ”Martinez said.

To find out more about all of the events on Memorial Day, visit the VFW Post 1763 Facebook page.

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