Special memorial for fallen visits Kingman

KINGMAN - A special memorial remembering those who died in the line of service since the 2001 terrorist attacks will be on display at the Kingman Powerhouse Saturday through Feb. 19.

The memorial will be escorted down Andy Devine Avenue upon its arrival this afternoon, with the memorial opening to the public with a special ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Kingman visit for the memorial is just one of five stops in the state. More than 130 individuals from Arizona died in the war, including several from Kingman.

Organizers encourage visitors to leave notes and mementos on the memorial, which is powerful in its simplicity of the photographs of those killed.

Vietnam Veterans of America President Ralph McKee emphasized the importance of honoring those who gave their lives for their country.

"Our motto is 'Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another,'" he said. "This is important to us."

The Arizona Republic names five men with their hometowns listed as Kingman who have died. They are:

Cpl. Coty Phelps, who was 20 years old when he was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq May 17, 2007. Phelps was a paratrooper and was assigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

Staff Sgt. William Lathem, who was 29 when he was killed in a raid of a suspected arms market in Iraq June 18, 2003. He was assigned to Troop E, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.

Hospital Corpsman Joshua McIntosh, who was 22 when he was killed by gunfire in Iraq June 26, 2003. He

was assigned to the Third Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Spc. Seferino Reyna, who was 20 when he was killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq Aug. 7, 2005. He was assigned to the 70th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.

Petty Officer 2nd class Justin McNeley, who was 30 when he was killed in Afghanistan July, 23, 2010. McNeley was a sailor who was originally from Colorado but moved to Kingman in 2004, three years after he joined the Navy.