POW/MIA/KIA Honor Guard used borrowed flags for Arizona's 1st Beirut Remembrance. On October 19, 2013 (five years later) the POW/MIA/KIA honor guard continues with the Beirut Remembrance Day, created by Commander, David Carrasco, to recognize the fallen 220 US MARINES, 18 sailors, French servicemen and 60 Americans killed on October 23, 1983 during the Lebanese Civil War. It was the deadliest single attack on Americans overseas since World War II. As follows 1st POW/MIA/KIA Honor Guard 2008:
The 1st POW/MIA/KIA Honor Guard: (Left) Sgt. Johnny Villa, (US Army), Capt Roy Bautista, (US Army) 1st Sgt. Adam Rocha (US Army) Captain Michael Gallante (US Army) Sgt. David Carrasco (USAF)
|October 19, 2013, POW/MIA/KIA Honor Guard recognized Beirut Remembrance Day.|
Colonel Joey Strickland, Dept. of Veterans Services, provided a grant to save the historic Gun Barrels for display at the Wesley Bolin Memorial. "When the federal government indicated that the barrels were at risk of being sold for scrap, Director Strickland immediately stepped forward to provide a grant to cover a large portion of the transportation costs. Without AZDVS' help the barrels may have been lost forever.(Matthew Roberts, Director of Communication, Sec. of State). The historic artifacts from the USS Arizona and USS Missouri arrived in Phoenix, April 19, 2012 where the naval "rifles" will be restored and put on permanent display at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza. The POW/MIA/KIA Honor Guard posted colors for the special ceremony near the capitol for Arizona's Secretary of State, BNSF Railway and Phoenix Rotary 100 announcement of the arrival of a 14” gun barrel from the USS Arizona and a 16" gun barrel from the USS Missouri. The historic naval "rifles" will be incorporated into a complete World War II Memorial. Wesley Bolin Memorial is home to many memorials. WWI, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Shield, and Desert Storm, but does not include a dedicated memorial for the fallen soldiers from WWII.
For most Americans, World War II began with an attack on Pearl Harbor and ended in Tokyo Bay with the surrender of the Japanese. At the heart of both momentous events were the USS Arizona and USS Missouri. Recognizing the symbolism and role the battleships played in military history, the Phoenix Rotary 100 Club Salute the Fallen Committee developed a concept which presents the barrels as a representation of the beginning and end of the war. Between the barrels, a structure in the shape of the USS Arizona's hull will display the names of Arizona's servicemen and women who died defending our nation in the greatest conflict of all. "We believe that by adding these two visible bookends from the historic battleships will encourage people to reflect and admire the strength and courage it takes to defend a nation." (Jon Bauman, Phoenix Rotary 100 president
"We believe that by adding these two visible bookends from the historic battleships will encourage people to reflect and admire the strength and courage it takes to defend a nation." (Jon Bauman, Phoenix Rotary 100 president
[Left to Right] Four American Legion No. 5 Post Commanders: Chief Petty Officer James Castro (US Navy)Sgt Greg Fierros (US Army) PFC Gary Bloch (US Army) Sgt Loren Begay (US Army). On right of photograph stands Sgt. David Carrasco (USAir Force) Founder/Commander of Pow/Mia/Kia Honor Guard group.