National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Cave Creek

Although the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Cave Creek will not be hosting its traditional large Memorial Day ceremony, Riders USA will be near the site with their annual tribune to those who gave their lives for this country.

While Memorial Day ceremonies have been canceled for the second consecutive year at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Cave Creek, the City of Scottsdale, American Legion Post 44 and other local civic organizations will host a Memorial Day program at Scottsdale Civic Center.

The program begins at 10 a.m. and will feature speakers from American Legion Post 44, VFW Post 351, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22, Elks Lodge #2148, and Knights of Columbus Assembly 2524.

Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega will give the keynote speech for the program.

Guest speakers include U.S. Rep. David Schweikert and Jim Geiser with Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen, a local nonprofit raising funds to build a memorial to fallen soldiers at Scottsdale City Hall.

While the National Cemetery Administration on May 21 lifted pandemic  restrictions at all 155 official veterans resting places across the country, a spokesman told the Progress, “There is no time logistically for our cemeteries to plan Memorial Day ceremonies that often have hundreds, if not thousands, of attendees.”

Veterans national cemeteries will allow mass flag placements across the U.S. to commemorate Memorial Day.

It said volunteers wishing to place flags should contact their local national cemetery. The Cave Creek cemetery had no new information on its website, cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/NMCA.asp. It can be reached at 480-513-3600.

One event that had already been scheduled in Cave Creek regardless of whether crown restrictions had been in place was the Flags for Our Fallen ceremony organized by Riders USA.

This is the 15th consecutive year that the men and women in the organization display up to 500 American Flags with an honor guard of hundreds of motorcycles and hot rods lining the streets leading into the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

The gathering will be held between 6-8 a.m. Monday, May 31, at 23029 N. Cave Creek Road.

Riders USA field headquarters will be located at the southeast corner of Pinnacle Peak and Cave Creek roads.