Gilbert cemetery holding Memorial Day fundraiser for Pat Tillman Foundation

Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery & Funeral Home
Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery & Funeral Home will host a fundraiser for the Pat Tillman Foundation on Memorial Day. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery & Funeral Home will host a fundraiser for the Pat Tillman Foundation on Memorial Day. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery and Funeral Home is raising funds for the Pat Tillman Foundation on Memorial Day.

For every person that checks in at the cemetery May 31, Gilbert Memorial Park will make a donation to the foundation, which carries the name of the former Arizona State University and Arizona Cardinals football player.

Tillman left the NFL to serve in the U.S. Army after the Sept. 11 attacks, but was killed in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan in 2004. The foundation provides scholarships to fund the academic pursuits of military service members, veterans and their spouses.

“Memorial Day is a time to reflect and honor fallen veterans who have sacrificed in our community and across the country,” Gilbert Memorial Park President Bryce Bunker said in a release. “At Gilbert Memorial Park, we are doing our part to both honor our country’s bravest and to make a positive impact in the community. We have served families of veterans, and there is no greater honor for us than to give them excellent care.”

Visitors to the park, 2100 E. Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, are encouraged to drive or walk around the park to reflect and see the flags set out in honor of fallen military personnel after checking in at the entrance, cemetery officials said.


The park opened in 2019 and is Gilbert’s only cemetery.

Staff members will be available to give tours if desired from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Memorial Day, but the fundraiser will go all day. For those who desire to remain in their vehicles, check-in for donations can be made from their car.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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