Nearly 59 years after the end of World War II, the National World War II Memorial will be dedicated in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 29.
The Memorial Day weekend celebration on the National Mall will culminate an 11-year effort to honor America’s World War II generation. Congress authorized the memorial in 1993. Construction began in September 2001 after several years of fund-raising and public hearings.
On Saturday, May 29—Memorial Day Weekend—the community of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University will host a “National Dedication Day” observance to honor the World War II generation, all veteran’s, the U.S. military and their families. Communities throughout Arizona will participate in this very special day to remember our loved ones and celebrate the freedom, which we all have inherited from the sacrifices of so many.
Many of the vivid images that we have of World War II are directly related to Arizona… the sinking of the U.S.S. Arizona in Pearl Harbor, native language code talker’s and the raising of the American Flag on Iwo Jima, assisted by Pima Indian Ira Hayes are representative of the great sacrifices and significant contributions of the Grand Canyon State.
From desert air bases, to the brave “Bushmasters,” to the building of Navajo Army Depot, Arizona’s war efforts are immense and their stories are an American treasure.
It will be an exciting day of remembrance, a time to renew friendships and finally provide a once in a life time opportunity to extend your appreciation to the “greatest generation.”
As we assemble to give thanks, we can know that this will be one of the most meaningful days of our lives… one that meant so much for a fellow American.
Begin planning now, to tell the story of your community, your grandparents, your family and friends and what they did to ensure our future and preserve freedom in a dangerous world.
Together we will share their lives and cry and remember the great losses and great achievements, which have so shaped our society and the world we know.
Please respectfully accept this invitation to duty and readily advance this responsibility to honor our finest citizens on National Dedication Day.
For event information and coordination of your involvement, please call 928- 853-4145.
National Dedication Day Observance
Keith Bennett’s honesty & strength
I am saddened to learn that Keith Bennett of Kaibeto passed away on April 20, 2004 in Page, Ariz.
I will truly miss him because he set many good examples in the many years that I have known him. He was a man of honesty, integrity and strength with a simple taste in life. Keith was a man you could trust and confide in.
I shared many happy moments with him at meetings, conferences or flea markets. He was always open, always ready to offer assistance or just to listen. We shared rooms and meals in our many travels, and I always enjoyed his company.
Keith accomplished much in his life as a family man and as a leader. We made him chairperson of Navajo Mountain Soil & Water Conservation District and, in essence, made him a lifetime board chair. By unanimous consensus, we always re-elected him year after year.
Keith was a dedicated public servant, serving without pay on school boards and the soil and water conservation district for most of his adult life.
Keith’s strength came from being humble but persistent as he sought funds for schools, roads and conservation projects.
As we bid him farewell, we are thankful for him sharing his life with us fully and unselfishly.