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The Anthem Community Council and Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM) Support Team invite the public 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. Special programming will commemorate the occasion. • Keynote: Admiral Paul David Miller, United States Navy (Retired), will deliver the keynote address.
Veteran’s Perspective: Anthem’s own Josh Miller, United States Marine Corps, will provide his "Veteran's Perspective" as a Gulf War veteran.
Master of Ceremonies: 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. Two LED screens will project the ceremony, photos of this nation's military history, servicemen and women, and capture the 11:11 a.m. moment when the sun's rays pass through the five Armed Services pillars' ellipses to cast a perfect solar spotlight over the mosaic of the Great Seal of the United States. • Honoring Veterans: Veterans and family members of each service branch and combat veterans of World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War and War on Terrorism will provide an historic overview to our military branches and operations. Music selections will compliment each of these wartime eras. Additional recognition will be given to veteran families and active duty service men and women.
Knights of Columbus breakfast: Join the St. Rose Parish Knights of Columbus for a breakfast, beginning 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.
Other ceremony highlights: Flyovers before the event and at 11:11 a.m. will highlight military history. "Thank a Veteran" card-writing stations will provide children and attendees a chance to write personal notes to veterans that will be delivered that morning.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive early; bring lawn chairs and water; wear red, white and blue; and bring small hand-held U.S. flags. To donate or learn more, visit OnlineAtAnthem.com/AVM.
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