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"The public is invited to attend the free event to honor those who have served."

Avondale will hold a Memorial Day service to commemorate the lives of those lost while serving America.

Avondale’s Memorial Day service will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 27, at the Avondale Civic Center’s outdoor amphitheater, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive.

The public is invited to attend the free event to honor those who have served. The city recommends guests bring lawn chairs or blankets for the amphitheater.

Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise will address the crowd at this reflective event, which will also include music, special tributes and a candlelight vigil.

The evening musical performances feature string quartet from the West Valley Youth Symphony, “Taps” performed on trumpet by Todd Bevins, and a bagpipe performance by Avondale firefighter Aaron Glass.

Ceremonial presentations include the formal posting of the colors and a solemn prisoner of war/missing in action table ceremony demonstration. All in attendance will be invited to take part in a candle lighting remembrance presentation toward the end of the evening.

This event is hosted in partnership with the American Legion Crandall Palmer Post 61, VFW Pat Tillman Memorial Post 40, the VFW and American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Groups and the Scottish American Military Society Post 48, and is sponsored by the West Valley View and Blue Star Moms.

For more information, call the parks, recreation and library department at 623-333-2400 or visit avondaleaz.gov/events.