Memorial Day: Not forgotten
Cemeteries are often decorated with flowers, placed at the graves of the deceased to show they are remembered. It’s a way to honor the dead, but it’s a gesture that means far more to the living.
More than 30 London Bridge Resort employees visited Lake Havasu Memorial Gardens Wednesday morning to lay patriotic wreaths at the graves of 875 Lake Havasu City veterans. It’s a gesture that resort staff has made every Memorial Day and Christmas season to pay respect to those who served in the U.S. armed forces, for the past 15 years.
“It’s one of our favorite community service projects,” said Lake Havasu City Mayor Cal Sheehy, who is also the resort’s general manager. “It’s a special opportunity for us to be able to honor veterans and show our appreciation for their service.”
The resort’s annual tradition of laying flowers at veterans’ graves was adopted from a similar tradition at Arlington National Cemetery, where the majority of U.S. veterans are interred. The flowers are purchased each year from a Philadelphia-based company, according to past statements by London Bridge Resort owner Tom Flatley.
Sharon Mooney has been a London Bridge Resort staff member for the past three years, and the laying of flowers holds a special significance to her.
“My parents are here,” Mooney said. “I love it … it’s fabulous, and coming here really makes me appreciate what veterans have done for us. It makes you want to cry.”