HONOR THE FALLEN DURING MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AT ANTHEM VETERANS MEMORIAL – MAY 28, 2018 – 9 A.M

The Daisy Mountain Veterans and the Anthem Community Council invite the public to attend the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. “A Day of Remembrance” honors the service and sacrifice of veterans who have fallen while serving our nation.

This year’s ceremony is hosted by the Daisy Mountain Veterans, with support from the Anthem Community Council. As in 2017, due to the trend of high temperatures, the ceremony will take place at 9 a.m.

Highlights of the ceremony:

  • Rear Admiral Ron Tucker (Retired), United States Navy, will present the keynote address. Tucker was the visionary behind the Anthem Veterans Memorial and one of its original support team members. His military service in the Navy from 1959-1995 included service in Vietnam. He was the Director of Installations-U.S. Pacific Fleet, Commander-Logistics Group Western Pacific, Commander-Task Force 73 in Singapore, and Director-Surface Warfare Plans and Programs in the Pentagon. Tucker served as the last Commanding Officer of the Battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62), Commander-Naval Station at Pearl Harbor and Guided Missile Destroyer, USS Cochrane (DDG-21) prior to his retirement.
  • Col. Tom Kirk (Retired), United States Air Force, will conduct the POW/MIA ceremony. Kirk, a Prisoner of War (POW) in Korea, served from 1950-1978. He was presented four Silver Stars, the Air Force Cross, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, seven Air Medals and a Purple Heart.
  • Musical Theater of Anthem and the Arizona Veterans Band will provide special music, including “Taps,” which will close the ceremony with a moment of silence.

The ceremony is expected to run approximately 45 minutes. Seating and parking are limited and are intended for veterans; attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring lawn chairs or blankets. The Anthem Veterans Memorial is located at Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy.

For more information about the Memorial, visit OnlineAtAnthem.com/AVM.