Desert Lawn hosts Veterans Day ceremony

November 12, 2018

MOHAVE VALLEY — Strong winds didn’t deter members of the community, veterans and families from attending Sunday’s Veterans Day event at Desert Lawn Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Garden.

Richard Moore, Bullhead City American Legion Post 87 chaplain, said the opening and ending prayer.

John Pynakker, president and CEO of the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the veterans, their families and members of the community.

Before Pynakker gave his opening speech he asked the veterans in attendance to stand so they could be recognized for their service.

“I know that I wouldn’t be the man I am today without joining the Army,” said Pynakker. “I dropped out of college my freshman year and I had no idea what I was going to do. I decided to join the Army and through that, I learned some values that changed me: loyalty, duty, respect, selflessness, honor and more.

“I enjoyed playing football and baseball in high school but what I enjoyed the most was the family that my teammates and I had become,” continued Pynakker. “Once I joined the military I found out that I had found the ultimate family.

“Over time, a solder’s commission comes to an end but a veteran’s service never ends. They will continue to service their community, family, and help out wherever they can. So thank those who have served and who continue to serve,” concluded Pynakker.

Next was Jacob Summerlin who reminded everyone that Sunday was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The Mohave Valley High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Color Guard presented the colors while the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 404 United Veterans Honor Guard presented the gun salute and taps on the bugle.

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