We received the following via email this week. The Nathan Martens Memorial is the site of the flag at San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Time and again, across generations, our military have defended our safety in the dark of night and far from home. They travel to many dangerous corners of the world.
Now more than ever, our fighting men and women deserve our support and our gratitude for standing in the way of those who want to attack us. We owe the fallen a debt of gratitude to keep their memory alive and to give thanks for their valor and willingness to serve our Country.
We need to remember each and every outstanding military member whose life ended on this earth aren’t just statistics or numbers on a wall.Those who are gone are a son or a daughter; a brother or a sister; the child carrying on a family tradition; a husband or wife; companion or parent; a cousin or best friend; a schoolmate; a small-town boy or girl with big dreams. Their snapshots cant talk and the medals they earned can only sparkle in the sunlight. Their stories can be told only by those they left behind. We need to make sure we do all we can to comfort and support the families whose lives are now forever changed.
On September 6, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., please join the family of U.S.Navy HM Robert Nathaniel Martens (FMF-assigned to II Marine Division 09-06-05) to honor and remember all our fallen heroes at the Nathan Martens Arizona Memorial located at 6533 W. Phillips Rd., Queen Creek, AZ.
The family extends an invitation to all Gold Star and Blue Star families, veterans, and friends to join in a gathering of celebration to the lives of our fallen.
“We celebrate their lives and rejoice in the hope that we will share eternity with them. Though we would exchange our life for theirs in a heartbeat, we know that this was Gods path for them. We do not understand why their lives are so brief, but trust that their lives and death will not be without gain. Please join us in honoring our fallen Heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Please join us as we celebrate their lives and let us choose to live our lives for the things that matter most.Their courage was exemplary, as was their determination to make this a safer world for their countries and for their fellow citizens.
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Those who have served and continue to serve will assist in this commemoration by giving honor to our fallen – those who died serving our Country.
This program may include a “Celebration of Colors” – pass and review of color guard units, please be prepared to present your colors.