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I am happy to report that our local veterans’ organizations have shaken off the COVID coma and reinitiated the long-standing Memorial Day ceremony at the old Mesa Cemetery. A decades-long tradition was suspended by public authorities for the past two years, in the name of safety. Starting with this past Veterans Day, we saw a return to sanity and a bit of perspective offered by the occasions of public holidays commemorating military service in our nation’s wars.
This year’s Memorial Day ceremony was small but a good start, getting local veterans’ organizations back into the groove of annual planning for two major remembrances. The Mesa police department added a brief early morning flag raising and taps ceremony, a brief yet meaningful observance. Well done, Mesa.