Park City Memorial Day ceremony will recall nation’s fallen |

Park City Memorial Day ceremony will recall nation’s fallen

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Justin Martinez, a member of the Park City post of the American Legion, is a Coast Guard veteran. He participated in a Memorial Day ceremony in Park City last year, pictured. Park Record file photo

A Memorial Day ceremony is scheduled on Monday in Park City to honor the nation’s war dead, a solemn annual event that usually touches on the ideas of sacrifice and patriotism.

The Park City post of the American Legion organized the event. It is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Park City Cemetery on Kearns Boulevard. The American Legion anticipates the ceremony will last one hour.

Justin Martinez, the sergeant-at-arms of the post and a captain in the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, said Mayor Jack Thomas and the post commander, Kristian Smith are scheduled to offer remarks to the crowd. Thomas, who took office in January, will offer his first Memorial Day remarks as the mayor.

There will also be an open microphone for people to remember fallen soldiers.

"Memorial Day is very important to not forget those who have died for our country," Martinez said, adding that the country is as great as it is because of the service and "ultimate sacrifice" of the military.

Martinez is a Coast Guard veteran who served as a helicopter crewman in the early 1990s. He said the ceremony has typically drawn between 75 and 100 people in recent years.

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Two members of the Sheriff’s Office honor guard will perform, one playing the bagpipes and the other playing taps on a bugle.

The Park City Cemetery is typically busy on Memorial Day with people visiting the graves of family members regardless of whether they were veterans. Many of the graves are decorated for Memorial Day. There are oftentimes veterans from wars starting with World War II at the ceremony or otherwise visiting the cemetery on Memorial Day.

There are no ceremonies scheduled at the Glenwood Cemetery. The cemetery association will place flags at the graves of veterans. A representative of the association that manages the cemetery will open the main gate to allow vehicle access to the grounds. The vehicle access will be available on Sunday and Monday.

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