Carefree hosts Memorial Day tribute


The Town of Carefree is honored to announce its Memorial Day Tribute, a heartfelt commemoration dedicated to honoring the brave men and women who have served our nation. The event will take place on Monday, May 27, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the serene Cave Creek Memorial Cemetery, located at 36400 N Pima Rd, Carefree, AZ.

This Memorial Day Tribute holds special significance as it brings together our community to remember and express gratitude for the sacrifices made by our veterans. Among the distinguished speakers, retired US Air Force Colonel Deborah Lehker will share her poignant experiences serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Chief Nurse. Her insights will shed light on the profound meaning of Memorial Day and its importance in our national consciousness.

The program will feature poignant performances, including a stirring rendition of the National Anthem by local 9th grade student Olivia Nicosia. Vietnam War United States Navy veteran and Carefree resident Tom Cross will lead the pledge of allegiance. Canon Steven Dart, the esteemed Rector of Christ Anglican Church in Carefree, will offer a solemn invocation, guiding us in reflection and remembrance.

Adding to the solemnity of the occasion, the local Cave Creek Boy Scout Troop 603 color guard will meticulously post and retrieve the colors, paying homage to our nation’s flag and the values it represents. The presence of Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) chapter students from Cactus Shadows High School underscores the intergenerational commitment to preserving our veterans’ legacies. Additionally, the Black Mountain Foothills Chapter of the

Daughters of the American Revolution will graciously provide refreshments, offering comfort and hospitality to attendees.

The Memorial Day Tribute serves as a reminder of the immense debt of gratitude owed to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. We invite the entire community to join us in this solemn observance, as we come together to honor the heroes who have safeguarded our freedom and uphold their enduring legacy.