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Annual Veterans Day ceremony to be held at Anthem Veterans Memorial
ANTHEM – The Anthem Community Council and Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team are inviting the community to attend the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Anthem Veterans Memorial.
The patriotic program will honor the service of all veterans and their families and pay special tribute to veterans of the Gulf War during the 25th anniversary year. This year’s ceremony also will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Memorial, which was dedicated on Nov. 11, 2011.
Admiral Paul David Miller, United States Navy (Retired), will deliver the keynote address. Adm. Miller, a highly decorated Navy officer, served as the Director of Naval Warfare on the staff of Chief of Naval Operations. After receiving a fourth star, he became Commander of the Atlantic Fleet. He was appointed as Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Command and served concurrently as the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Atlantic until his retirement in October 1994.
Anthem resident Josh Miller, United States Marine Corps, will provide his ‘Veteran’s Perspective’ as a Gulf War veteran. The Master of Ceremonies will be Lt. Colonel John Simmons, United States Air Force (Retired) and Commander of the Jr. Air Force ROTC at Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Phoenix. The Jr. AFROTC have assisted at every ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial since its dedication in 2011.
The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Enhanced viewing will be provided this year with two LED screens. For safety reasons, attendees will not be allowed to approach the Memorial this year. The Memorial solar spotlight will take place at 11:11 a.m.
The Knights of Columbus will host a breakfast that day, starting at 8 a.m. The breakfast will serve as a fundraising effort for the Knights of Columbus outreach programs.
Patriotic music will be provided before and after the ceremony by ProMusica Arizona. Performances during the ceremony will include Musical Theatre of Anthem and the first All-Anthem youth choir, composed of over 400 Anthem and New River youth from area schools.
The event will also include flyovers before the event and at 11:11 a.m. ‘Thank a Veteran’ card-writing stations will provide children and attendees a chance to write personal notes to veterans. Children from the youth choir and local scout organizations will display photos of veterans collected by the Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team over the years.
Seating and parking are limited. The lot adjacent to the Memorial will be for ADA and credential parking only; attendees may park in the middle and lower lots (accessible via Gavilan Peak Parkway or Whitman Drive). Additional parking is available at the Community Center (walking accessible via footbridge) or at the Safeway Plaza. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early; bring lawn chairs and water; wear red, white and blue; and bring small hand-held U.S. flags.