The military service of United States Air Force Lt. Colonel John "Bart" Simmons and United States Air Force Master Sergeant Michael Shimkus was recently commemorated at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. Simmons and Shimkus received veteran pavers, each inscribed with their names, ranks and years of service. The pavers were presented by the Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team. Following the paver laying, the senior members of the Sandra Day O'Connor Jr. AFROTC learned about the importance of the Memorial in Anthem and reviewed their responsibilities for the upcoming Veterans Day ceremony. Under the direction of Simmons and Shimkus, the Jr. ROTC has assisted every one of the Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies since and including the Dedication Ceremony, Nov. 11, 2011.
The public is invited to attend the Veterans Day ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial on Nov. 1 at 10 ,a.m. USAF Colonel Wanda Wright (Retired), Director of Arizona Veterans' Services will provide the keynote address and USMC Staff Sergeant Abe Saiz will tell his story of the events on Easter Sunday 1969 when a Navy Corpsman, Bob Crider, saved his life after being seriously wounded in Vietnam. Both Saiz and Crider are Purple Heart recipients.
Ceremony seated is limited, lawn chairs are welcome. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to remain at the Memorial with cameras posed to capture the exact moment at 11:11 a.m. when the sun's rays pass through the five ellipses of the pillars to cast a perfect solar spotlight on a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.