Memorial Day is meant to honor those who have fallen in battle defending the freedom of the United States It was so in Lake Havasu City Monday when two celebrations happened in Lake Havasu City.
J.R. Burby, Evelyn Hunter and Neil Tinsley visited the grave site of Patrick Tinnell over the Memorial weekend to remember and honor their friend. The trio shared fond memories and laid flowers as well. The Tinnell Memorial Sports Parks Park is named after him.
Tinnell was 25 when he died in As Siniyah, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted combat patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He died on April 19, 2006.
Monday, V.F.W Post 9401 conducted a ceremony Monday morning that was not open to the public. Mayor Cal Sheehy read a proclamation from the city commemorating Memorial Day in Lake Havasu City and Cindy Ritter, of the Lake Havasu Military Moms, led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.