Ceremonies for war dead, extended weekend for recreation mark Memorial Day holiday

The Memorial Day holiday begins Saturday as an extended weekend for recreation capped by ceremonies honoring the nation's war dead Monday.

The holiday marks the arrival of summer vacation, and thousands of county residents will get a three-day weekend for camping and other recreational activities in nearby mountains or along the Colorado River.

City, county, state and federal offices and banks will be closed Monday.

The Miner will be closed Monday, but the newspaper will publish an edition that day.

The Kingman Sanitation Department will be closed Monday and is asking Monday and Tuesday customers to place bins curbside a day later than usual, Superintendent Eddie Tapia said.

Customers who have garbage picked up during the remainder of the week follow the regular schedule.

Waste Management will not provide pickup service Monday and is scheduling service a day later than normal throughout the week, a spokesman said.

Waste Management serves customers in Golden Valley, Chloride, Dolan Springs and other unincorporated communities.

Kingman reopens its municipal pools at Centennial Park and the Kingman High School South Campus on Saturday.

The pools will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

daily through Labor Day and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Centennial Park and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the high school (with a family discount on Saturday).

Boaters will flock to county-owned Davis Camp north of Bullhead City while hikers try to cool off at Hualapai Mountain Park.

"We're gearing up for a full crowd at Davis Camp," county parks director Shawn Blackburn said.

"We expect a lot of boating activity, and we're trying to convey the message of water safety for this particular holiday."

Blackburn said his office is accepting reservations for cabins at both parks while explaining that campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

County parks in Butler, Golden Valley, Chloride and Dolan Springs will be open for picnics and other day uses.

While Memorial Day means an extra day off, veterans groups do not want the public to forget the intent of a holiday, which initially was designated Decoration Day in 1868 to honor deceased veterans.

"It is important that we honor all the veterans who have died in all the armed forces in service for our country," said Steve Golding, incoming senior vice commander for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3516 in Kingman.

"And it is even more important to honor veterans because we just completed a war" in Iraq.

Veterans groups have planned a variety of ceremonies in Kingman and nearby communities Monday.

Members of Elks Lodge No.

468 in Kingman plan to start the day at 6 a.m.

by placing flags on the graves of deceased members at Mountain View Cemetery in Kingman, said Hank Fedrigon, veterans service officer for the Elks.

He said many Elks buried at the cemetery on Stockton Hill Road served in the military.

The Elks will be helped by members of American Legion Post No.

14 and local VFW posts, he said.

He said the Mohave County Band will begin performing at 8:30 a.m.

Monday at Centennial Park in advance of a 9 a.m.

ceremony .

The Elks and members of District 10 of the Disabled American Veterans auxiliary are putting on the ceremony, which will include a flag-raising, speeches and the color guard.

The color guard from VFW Post 3516 is scheduled to perform during a ceremony at 11 a.m.

at the cemetery, said, Golding, a 17-year Navy veteran who was discharged at the rank of hospital corpsman.

American Legion Cmdr.

Walt Brown said he will preside over the ceremony.

"We are going to do the added stuff," Golding said.

"We are doing a little bit more than firing three shots in the air.

We are doing a ceremony that every veteran who has died for the country deserves, absolutely."

Other ceremonies scheduled for Monday are:

• VFW Post No.

9833 in Dolan Springs, flag-raising at 10 a.m.

at Chloride Cemetery and a ceremony at noon at post on Pierce Ferry Road.

Butch Watkins, commander of VFW Post 2190 in Chloride, said members will place flags on the graves Sunday night.

• American Legion Post No.

22 in Golden Valley, flag-raising at 11 a.m.

and a flag-burning (retiring old flags) at noon.

The color guard will perform during the flag-burning, and legionnaires will sell poppies all day.

The post is located on Verde Road.

• VFW Post 10386, flag-raising at 11 a.m.

to be followed by a potluck.

The post is located at 3036 E.

John L Ave., Butler.