By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: City of Needles (Information)
Needles, California: The City of Needles held their Memorial Day 2022 Service on Monday, May 30th, 2022 at the Needles Riverview Cemetery after 2 year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The service is held each Memorial Day to give residents and the public the opportunity to give honors, respects, thanks and loves to the people who have died well serving in the United States military and in our communities as law enforcement as well as firefighters and paramedics.
Natalie Johnson of FatCatDJ provided the service with music and welcomed everybody who attended the service.
Pastor Ken Mann from Set Free Church of Needles read two verses during the service from 1st John – Chapter 3 verses 18 and 19 in the Bible – then gave the opening prayer.
Afterwards the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Honor Guard presented the Colors; the American flag waved in the breeze along side smaller American flag near crosses of all of the people who have served and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
The Pledge of Allegiance was then conducted followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Lee Darin.
The reading of the “Gettysburg Address” was then conducted by Vice Chairman Shan Lewis followed by the reading of “In Flanders Fields” conducted by Needles City Vice Mayor Dr. Edward T. Paget M.D.
Norma Jean Williams from the Needles Cemetery Advisory Commission read afterwards a poem in entitled “For the Fallen.”
Afterwards, the readings of the names of the people who died protecting communities, saving lives and defending our country’s freedom from evil.
Leland McCord, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Veteran from the Marine Corps., read the names of fallen heroes for the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.
Officer Clinton Burrows from the California Highway Patrol read the names of fallen officers from the California Highway Patrol.
Deputy Luis Valdez from the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department’s Colorado River Station read the names of fallen deputies in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Captain Mike Murphy from the San Bernardino Department County Fire District read the names of the fallen in the line of duty military list.
Afterwards, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Honor Guard conducted a 21-gun salute as the Taps were conducted by David Courtwright followed by the Moment of Silence as Amazing Grace played in the background.
The Retiring of the Colors was conducted afterwards by the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Honor Guard, and the Fort Mojave Royalty Court with RezLife Bird Singers Led by Nichole Garcia performed bird dances during the service.
Afterwards, Kerry Otterstrom from the Disabled American Veterans and American Legion presented a Memorial Day speech during the service.
Then Natalie Johnson welcomed to all our local veterans to come and hold the American flag as she sang “God Bless the U.S.A.”
With some holding small American flags and standing near a large American flag, we thanked our local veterans for their service.
Pastor Tom Lamb from Needles Assembly of God gave the Benediction followed by the Fort Mojave Tribal Band Led by Amanda McCord performing as people in attendance came up to shake hands and even hug our local veterans.
This event means a lot to the people of our community, and ZachNews always looks forward to bring you this wonderful Memorial Day service, even when Facebook along with Universal Music Group blocks out people from the live broadcast and causes problems to the live broadcast recording.
May we all today and everyday show honor and respect the many brave people who served in our military and gave their lives well protecting the lives of other people.
These brave people sacrifice so much for us to live free, fighting against evil who try to hurt us and destroy our freedoms.
May we never forget those who we lost, those who are missing in action and those who continue to serve, may we always give thanks.
Thanks to everybody who attended and who participated in the Memorial Day 2022 Service as well as decorating the gravesites at Needles Riverview Cemetery.