Community Full of Pride at Anthem Veterans Memorial Ceremony

Thursday 12.12.2013 @ 4:04pm | ImagesAZ | Community

Veterans Day was celebrated at the Anthem Veterans Memorial by over 650 community residents and guests. It was a day of celebration, remembrance and tribute to the great men and women of the Armed Forces.

United States Navy Admiral Vernon E. Clark, retired, provided the keynote address, reminding attendees of the great sacrifice of veterans and their families to this great nation. He spoke of veterans’ valor, courage and tenacity to protect our freedom and of their pledge to defend our nation across the globe.

Daisy Mountain Veterans were presented with the first Veteran Service Award by Anthem Community Council board president Holly Matson for their continued service to veterans and the community.

Veterans Joan Sisco (USMC) and Sallie Carroll (USAF, USMC, USA) were honored with inscribed pavers for their work with Veterans First, a non-profit that provides affordable housing to veteran women and their children.

Patriotic music, provided by Musical Theatre of Anthem, and a fly-over by Warbirds Squadron 20 completed the ceremony.

The first charity drive for veterans in need collected over 1,000 canned goods and 50 boxes of various paper products. Special thanks are extended to the Sandra Day O’Connor Air Force ROTC, which collected a number of donations and assisted in the on-site collection drive at the Anthem Veterans Memorial.

The ceremony was presented by the Daisy Mountain Veterans, an alliance of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12031, the American Legion Post 128 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 128.

Anthem Veterans Memorial support staff remind the public of the gift of commemorative pavers as means of honoring a veteran. Veteran pavers make wonderful gifts to the veteran in your family. Donations of $150 to the Honor a Veteran program will provide an inscribed paver to a veteran who may otherwise not be recognized in the memorial. Business, family and organization pavers ($200), placed in front of the benches, show your support of our nation’s veterans.