Salute our veterans on November 11

On Saturday, November 11, salute our nation’s veterans during the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. 
 
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with the solar spotlight through the five ellipses of the Armed Services pillars onto the glass mosaic of the Great Seal of the United States (weather permitting) at 11:11 a.m. 
 
Sgt. Major Jennifer L. Simmons (USMC) will present the keynote address. Simmons conducted three overseas deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most recently, Sgt. Major Simmons served as the Battalion Sergeant Major for Wounded Warrior Battalion West, headquartered at Camp Pendleton, CA. She has received multiple awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Simmons is a native of Snow Hill, NC and is married with two children and two grandchildren.
 
Shana Edwards, a Prescott High School junior, will read her award-winning essay, “Courage.” Edwards was the Voice of Democracy Arizona state winner and represented our state at the VFW’s national competition in Washington D.C. 
 
Seating is limited; please bring lawn chairs or blankets. Parking in the lot nearest the Memorial is intended for veterans and those who cannot walk longer distances. Please park in the middle or lower lots, or at the Community Center and access the park via the footbridge. 
 
The Daisy Mountain Veterans will be hosting their parade and picnic on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit the calendar for more details about this event.