Anthem, Ariz. – The Anthem Community Council (ACC) presented the Anthem Veterans Service Award at the Veterans Day Ceremony, November 11. Rear Admiral Ron Tucker (USN, Retired) was recognized for his service to the community.
While it was Admiral Tucker’s vision that led to the Anthem Veterans Memorial, his support of the Memorial and the ceremonies at the site has been unmatched. He has served as a Master of Ceremonies, a keynote speaker, and has recruited and hosted other speakers. He has nominated others for, as well as presented the Anthem Veterans Service Award, and he volunteers for numerous local and regional organizations.
Outside of Anthem, Admiral Tucker is a member of the prestigious Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, and he raised over $2 million in Arizona and $54 million nationally towards the restoration of the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center in Hawaii. The Admiral and his wife, Christy, annually host a reception on Veterans Day, in order to honor service members. Admiral Tucker served 32 years active duty in the United States Navy, as the Commander of Task Force 73; Director, Surface Warfare Programs; Commanding Officer of the USS New Jersey; the Naval Station Pearl Harbor; and the USS Cochrane.
A quote from one nomination read, “Shadows of Ron’s vision will continue to impact others for generations to come, as his legacy and that of the Anthem community are forever intertwined.”
The ACC created the Anthem Veterans Service Award in 2013. The award, presented annually to an individual or group to recognize “extraordinary service and selfless dedication in support of our nation’s veterans,” has become a staple of the Veterans Day Ceremony, held each November 11 at the Anthem Veterans Memorial.
A plaque with the names of all recipients is on display at the Anthem Civic Building. Past winners, selected annually by the ACC Board of Directors based on nominations submitted from the community, include: Daisy Mountain Veterans (2013); Ray Norris (2014); Mary Ann Derryberry (2015); Elizabeth Turner (2016); Bob Hackett (2017) and John Simmons (2017); and Tom Kirk (2018).
The Anthem Veterans Memorial
Thousands were in attendance for the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. Military veterans and those currently serving from all five branches, as well as their families, were honored. The ceremony also recognized significant dates related to World War II.
Current United States Army Reservist and Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Woodruff, and Arizona State University student Kyle Polen delivered inspiring speeches about the importance of service to others and country, and exercising rights Americans are afforded by those who serve. At the ceremony, Woodruff was reunited with World War II veteran Jim Galgano, whom he accompanied as a guardian on a 2017 Arizona Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Pastor Jessica Schulze of Anthem’s Grace North Church delivered the invocation, and Musical Theatre of Anthem and the Arizona Veterans Band performed special music. At 11:11 a.m., the sun shone through the five ellipses of the Armed Services
branches and a spotlight was cast on the Great Seal of the United States; the moment was shown live and in real time on an LED screen for attendees to witness.
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