Crowd Honors Korean War Veteran Who Brought Veterans’ Cemetery To Marana

Marana Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Too often, people attend services at the Marana Veterans Memorial Cemetery to lay our military heroes to rest, but Saturday was different. Attendees were not on hand to lay a hero to rest, but to thank a hero, Korean War Veteran Paul Marsh, for his work ensuring that veterans have a place to be laid to rest.

On Saturday morning, a large crowd was lined up on both sides of the street leading into the cemetery waiting for Paul Marsh to arrive.

As the silver minivan transporting Mr. March drove by, some stood at attention and saluted, others waved, cheered and clapped to welcome Mr. Marsh to the cemetery he helped to create.

The 93-year-old Marsh played a key role in willing the cemetery into existence. Prior to his successful effort, the closest veterans’ cemeteries to the Tucson Metro area were in Sierra Vista and Bellemont, Arizona.

Opened in March 2016 after 8 years of heartfelt work, the cemetery is the final resting place of over 4,400 Veterans from all branches of service and will be the final resting place for many more veterans for decades to come.

Attendees included Marana Mayor Ed Honea, Tom Murphy, the Mayor of the town of Sahuarita, the Freedom Riders of the American Legion, and countless veterans of all branches of service.

One Air Force veteran, John Backer, a candidate for the Pima County Board of Supervisors for District 2, said the Tucson Metro area owes Mr. Marsh a debt of gratitude.

“Mr. Marsh’s crowning achievement is one that will continue to serve veterans and their families for decades to come,” said Backer. “Mr. Marsh’s legacy will never be forgotten, and he will serve as an inspiration for all those who come after him.”

“Many people and organizations helped make the event a success – including radio host – Christopher DeSimone of Wake-Up Tucson! on 1030 KVOI who promoted the event to his listening audience. Kudos to Chris,” concluded Backer.

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