Two ceremonies honoring fallen soldiers were held in the High Desert on Memorial Day, May 26. Starting at 9 a.m., the first event was a Victor Valley Memorial Park. The second ceremony was held at Sunset Hills Memorial Park at noon.
Both events featured Memorial Day addresses, Victorville’s speaker was Maj. Rufus H. Shumate III, Executive Officer, 11th ACR, Ft. Irwin. Sunset Hills address was given by Lt. Col. Scott McFarland, Regimental Support Squadron Commander at Ft. Irwin.
Many local dignitaries participated in the ceremonies, including Congressman Col. Paul Cook (ret), San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, Apple Valley Mayor Art Bishop and Victorville Councilman Jim Kennedy.
Musical presentations included bugler Cadet Sophia Wagasky of Academy for Academic Excellence playing Taps, Josh B. Lopez singing the National Anthem and God Bless the U.S.A. Shane Churchill played an American medly, bagpiper Jim Cook played Amazing Grace, and the Hi-Country Harmonaires & Mojave Rovers sang patriotic selections.
Various organizations held a presentation of wreaths at each ceremony. Readings of I Am the Flag of The United States of America, and General Logan’s Memorial Day were done by Carol M. Kruse and SherryHoyt-Cline, R.N, USAF.
Posting of Colors were performed by Victor Valley High Schol AFJROTC and Academy for Academic Excellence AFJROTC.
The U.S. Mormon Battalion and American Legion Post 229 gave rifle salutes, and Mounted Riders from the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Posse were featured.
Participating organizations included Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of Italy, American Legion Post 256, Mojave Desert MOAA, Benevolent Order of Elks 1877, Spring Valley Lake VFW Post 1209, Gold Star Mothers, American Legion Post 229, Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack #257, VFW Post 9410, Disabled American Veterans 92, High Desert Children of the American Revolution, G.I. Forum, and the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio / High Desert.