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American Legion Daisy Mountain Post member awarded Arizona Legionnaire of the Year

11/29/17

ANTHEM – Donald M. DeMarte, a 20-year member of the American Legion Daisy Mountain Post 128 in Anthem, has been awarded the 2017 American Legion Department of Arizona Legionnaire of the Year Award at the Fall Conference in Tucson.

According to the American Legion, this award was, in part, due to his particularly significant accomplishments that include the annual Anthem Veterans Parade, one of the largest veteran celebrations of its kind in Arizona, where he served for many years as a member of the Parade Committee. In addition, he was the founding influence to establish a lasting relationship between members of Post 128 and veterans who are currently incarcerated in the Phoenix Federal Correctional Institution. Once each quarter, DeMarte and other representatives from Post 128 would visit both prison camps and participate in open meetings with inmates who have questions, issues, or interest in the area of veteran affairs.

Additionally, DeMarte actively participates in all other veteran efforts, such as the Arizona Standdown for Homeless Veterans, which is an annual three day gathering in Phoenix to provide multifaceted support to homeless and at-risk veterans.

Most recently, DeMarte was a member of the committee that organized the Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal ceremony, at which approximately 30 Vietnam Veterans in the Anthem area received the medallion and lapel pin. He was instrumental in getting Department of Arizona Commander Domingo Bonilla and other District officers of the Arizona American Legion to attend. It was through his efforts that Admiral Vernon Clark, USN (Ret) spoke at the ceremony and presented medals to the recipients.

His award, in part reads: For Outstanding Service to God and Country and perseverance in the efforts to better the lives of veterans through your service to The American Legion.