Anthem resident Mary Ann Derryberry will be honored by the Anthem Community Council (ACC) and the Anthem Veterans Memorial Support Team (AVMST) with the 2015 Anthem Veterans Service Award at the Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11.
At the request of the AVMST, the ACC created the Anthem Veterans Service Award in 2013. The award is presented annually to an individual or group to recognize “extraordinary service and selfless dedication is support of our nation’s veterans.”
A plaque with the names of recipients is on display at the Anthem Civic Building. Past winners include Daisy Mountain Veterans in 2013 and Ray Norris in 2014.
Derryberry’s nomination included this quote: “There is not a day in the year when Mary Ann isn’t on the phone comforting a veteran, driving to help a veteran in need, raising funds for women veterans or holding the hand of a woman veteran suffering from PTSD…Mary Ann is a dedicated Marine who has never stopped serving our community. She is a friend of anyone in need and a champion of veterans.”
Derryberry joined the Marines in 1969 and served until 1972. In the years since, she has remained committed to service and honoring fellow veterans. Among her actions and accomplishments:
- Charter member and past commander of American Legion Post 128;
- Founder and 10-year chairwoman of the Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade;
- Supporter and advocate for at-risk and homeless women;
- Volunteer at Veterans First, Ltd.;
- Member of Daisy Mountain Veterans;
- Supporter and advocated for incarcerated veterans; and
- Contributor to various organizations, including Phoenix Stands Down and Toys for Tots, and activities at the Anthem Veterans Memorial.
The award will be presented at the Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem Community Park during the Veterans Day Ceremony. The event is open to the public.