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Published on May 28, 2024
Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs Honors Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day at Phoenix CeremonySource:

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs took the Memorial Day stage to pay homage to the valor of military service members, veterans, and their families at the VA National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. With a crowd gathered to remember the fallen heroes, Hobbs addressed the attendees and was slated to deliver a proclamation in dedication to the solemn holiday. Joining her in the commemoration were figures such as National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona Director Randy Heard and Gold Star Mother Diana Pike, KTAR reported.

In a gesture to honor those who have paid the ultimate price, Gov. Hobbs directed all state buildings to lower their flags to half-staff from sunrise until noon. This protocol not only served to remember the fallen but also to unfailingly recognize, by raising the flags to full staff after noon, the sacrifices of veterans still among us. The move aimed to inspire other community entities to mirror the show of respect, as indicated by KTAR.

Mainstage at the Memorial Day event, Army veteran Diana Pike shared the story of her son Christian's bravery in combat, an act that prevented further loss of life during his final moments in Afghanistan. "Christian continued returning fire when someone yelled, 'Pike is down.' Christian’s early warning to his team prevented any other lost casualties that day," Diana said in a statement that KJZZ obtained. She also presented an American flag, a patriotic emblem found amongst her son's gear when he passed away.

Reflecting on the depth of sacrifice made by military personnel, Gov. Hobbs took a moment to stress the protection they've provided to the nation's core values. "I encourage all Arizonans to reflect on the sacrifices made by these heroic men and women as well as the impact left on so many families across the nation," Hobbs powerfully voiced in a narrative that KJZZ covered. The ceremony concluded on a resonant note with attendees joining together in a collective rendition of "God Bless America," a fitting close to a day dedicated to reverence and national unity.