Many cities host Memorial Day ceremonies in Phoenix-metro

Posted: Updated:
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer
By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

PHOENIX - Many cities around the Phoenix-metro are holding events honoring fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.

There are many ways people are showing their support for the men and women of our armed forces from Phoenix to Gilbert to Chandler to Avondale.

Planes at the Chandler Airpark spoke with 3TV about today’s history before taking off for a series of flyovers around the state starting with the state's largest at the VA National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Also on Monday morning the Gilbert Historical Museum opened a new exhibit honoring fallen officer Lieutenant Eric Schuhandler. The exhibit contains personal photos and mementos along with his uniform from his time with the Gilbert Police Department.

A sunset service is scheduled for Monday night in Avondale, where the city will unveil its new Memorial Walk of Honor. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Avondale Civic Center.

Nationally the annual Memorial Day ceremony was held at Arlington Cemetery, where each year flags are places at each of the graves.

Something new this year, the army which runs Arlington National Cemetery is collecting items left on the graves, cataloging them according to what grave they were left on and storing them for posterity. The mementos are going to be put into plastic bags with a note card with the collection date, the fallen service member's name and the grave number.

Azfamily.com and Tributes.com is inviting you to light a virtual candle in remembrance of someone you lost. Click here to light a virtual candle, place a virtual flag or make a charitable donation.