Every year on Memorial Day, Mojave residents meet to honor the men and women who have dedicated everything for our country.
A strong wind from the west welcomed everyone this year, but it did not undermine their strong desire to thank and remember those who died in patriotism and service to our country.
Victor Yo, Chairman of the East Khan Cemetery District Council, and a U.S. Army veteran in Vietnam said: You don’t spend three weekends around the world shopping or barbecuing. “
Yo thanked the Mojave High School students for helping build the Porter Concrete, Tamikelly, and put the American flag on the graves of 511 veterans at the Mojave Cemetery.
Rev. Charles Wallis, Rosamond Assemblies of God, has issued a subpoena. He was the captain of the US Army at Desert Shield / Desert Storm and is currently the captain of the Rosamond High School Officer Candidate Corps. The color guard of the RHS Officer Candidate Corps introduced Colors and Tim. Romba, a veteran of the US Air Force, sang the national anthem.
East Khan Cemetery District Manager Paul Holzer read a letter from Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Congressman Tom Lackey. McCarthy’s letter says: To their determination. We should use this as a moment to re-dedicate ourselves to the noble purpose of service and patriotism. “
“Our corrupt heroes were our neighbors, families, and friends. They each had a distinctly unique personality and ambition, but in common they had a deep love and freedom for the country. Shared a deep dedication to. “
Keynote speaker William Parkman served in the US Navy as a communications Yeoman during the Cold War with Vietnam from 1968 to 1991, and was promoted to senior soldier. Parkman was awarded the Navy Achievement Award and award medal for his achievements.
Parkman said: “Today is a day of gratitude and gratitude to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This is the sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen, merchant ships who have made this sacrifice to protect our freedom and our way. Includes columns of life. “
“In addition, we need to remember those who did not return to Earth, such as some soldiers on the USS Indianapolis (CA-35) heavy cruiser. On July 30, 1945, the ship was sunk by a torpedo. It sank in 12 minutes. The 1,195 crew members on board, about 300, boarded the ship, while the remaining 890 were stuck in the open sea with few lifeboats and little food or water. Faced with exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks, as the greatest loss of life at sea by a single ship in the history of the US Navy.
Two torpedoes struck Indianapolis, one blew the bow and the other hit in the center of the hull near Powder Magazine.
Only a few days before the sinking, the ship was delivering the internal parts of the atomic bomb on Tinian, but the crew did not know that the cargo they were carrying would eventually end the war with Japan. did.
The flagship of the Fifth Fleet, USS Indianapolis, participated in many of the major US Navy battles of World War II, including the Battle of Kwajalein Atoll, the Battle of Western Caroline and Mariana, and the Battle of Dutch Harbor. Aleutian.
“Memorial Day for the war dead also includes livelihood sacrifices, including children who lost their dads and moms, wives and husbands who lost their love for life, brothers and sisters, and veterans. It also includes the lost brothers. Those who were not taught that the greatness of America on this day comes from civilian soldiers who serve in the shadows, only seeking a better life for the people. It’s the day to pass the education to. “
EKCD manager Paul Holzer presented a bouquet to Mojave’s gold star mother, Hilaria Hanon. Marine Pfc, the son of Hanon. The 1st Marine Division Fernando served the US Army in the fifth generation of his family.
Holzer also introduced the Mojave Community Queen who attended the ceremony — Miss Mojave 2022 Vanessa Carter; Teen Miss Mojave 2022 Olivia McAndrew; Junior Miss Mojave 2022 Addison Hatchinson; Young Miss Mojave 2022 Keiry Cook; Little Miss Mojave 2022 Kaila Kanbariza Tiny Miss Mojave 2022 Marielena Hernandez.
After the speaker’s presentation, Tropico Middle School Bank leader John Ferrandini played Taps, and RHS Cadet raised the American flag from half-mast to full at 12:00 noon.
Rev. Wallis offered a closing prayer, and Tim Lomba guided everyone with a God Bless American song.