Pinal County communities, along with those all over the nation, on Monday will be honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. At Mountain View Cemetery, the Casa Grande Memorial Day event will be put on, beginning at 9 a.m., by J. Warren Funeral Services and various veterans groups and other organizations.
As is the custom there, special recognition will be given to some individuals with ties to Pinal County. One is Fred Humphreys, a Casa Grandean who was killed in France in the Battle of Argonne Forest in 1918, during World War I. American Legion Post 8 in Casa Grande is named for him and is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, so his selection is especially fitting.
Edward Clutter, a longtime Casa Grande resident, served in the Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, later serving in the Arizona National Guard. Tyndall Pasqual was born on the Gila River Indian Community and was part of the Army’s famed Arizona National Guard Bushmasters. He later enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Korean War.
Patrick Francisco was a member of the Tohono O’odham tribe who attended school in Stanfield. He joined the Marines and was killed with 11 other Marines in a 1967 battle during the Vietnam War. Joshua Goodman served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division during the Iraq War. A decorated combat veteran, he died in a traffic accident in Kentucky in 2007 and was buried in his mother’s hometown, Casa Grande.
Attending the event is a worthwhile activity. And for those who do not, they should at least give a little thought to the fact that Memorial Day is more than just the end of a three-day weekend.
These are some of the words Gen. John A. Logan used in a general order on May 5, 1868, after the Civil War, establishing Memorial Day: “Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the nation’s gratitude — the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.”