Pictured: The President of the Daisy Mountain Veterans, Sam Crump, presenting a medal to one of the 31 local veterans honored at a ceremony at The Enclave at Anthem on May 2.
Photos courtesy of Tara Alatorre/Staff

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Anthem Senior living community unveils Hero Wall honoring 31 veterans


Tara Alatorre
ANTHEM – The Enclave at Anthem, a senior living community, revealed its Hero Wall on May 2, which included a medal ceremony to honor its 31 resident veterans that served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

The Arizona Patriot Guard Riders, Youth For Troops and Daisy Mountain Veterans were all present to honor the veterans living at The Enclave and see the unveiling of the Hero Wall, which is a special area in the community where the names and photos of each veteran is prominently displayed.
(Pictured: The group of veterans after receiving commemorative medals and thank you cards at a ceremony to unveil the "Hero Wall" at The Enclave at Anthem Senior community, which honors its veteran residents.)

“The staff created the Hero Wall, a visual reminder of the veterans’ bravery and service,” stated a press release from The Enclave at Anthem.  “Now everyone who lives, works and visits the community can recognize and thank its veteran residents.”

The event was also a way to kick of National Military Appreciation Month, and the Patriot Guard held a flag line while the veterans took their seats for the ceremony. The crowd of about 60 people joined hands and sang “God Bless the USA,” before Sam Crump, President of the Daisy Mountain Veterans group presented the veterans with a commemorative medal.

(Pictured: The Arizona Patriot Guard Riders lead everyone in song while joining hands and holding a flag line before each resident veteran was recognized at the Hero Wall ceremony last week.)

“It fills me with pride to be here today,” Crump said.  “I just haven’t ever been a part of a community that honors its veterans like the greater Anthem area does.”

Crump presented each veteran with their medal along with thank you cards written by the Youth For Troops and other local students. 

“This is exactly what Daisy Mountain Veterans is here to do,” said Crump.

The crowd was filled with residents from The Enclave, proud family members, staff and local community members that cheered for each veteran, some so emotional it moved them to tears.

The Hero Wall is part of an ongoing connection between The Enclave at Anthem, the military and its veterans. The community offers patriotic service projects on the first Tuesday of every month, through a partnership with Youth For Troops, a youth-led nonprofit volunteer and donation-based organization that serves veterans, service members, and their families.

(Pictured: The Hero Wall.)

The Veterans honored were:
Charles Anson, Joan Anson, Donald Blair, John Budge, Carl Coates, Anthony Dardini, Byron Eddy, Faust Estrada, William Evans, Sid Gilbertson, William Hobbes, David Hoekenga, James Irby, Joseph Labno, Jeffery Markbreiter, Ronald Masso, Craig Milnor, William Moore, George Netzel, Donald Paul, Joseph Perna, James Rees, Jack Sprague, Michael Stafford, Roy Stegall, Richard Steinmetz, William Steinmetz, Jack Van de Bruinhorst, Donald Varner, Robert, Ward and Frank Woshnak.