Memorial Day: A Day of Remembrance

William Putnam

The Daisy Mountain Veterans, VFW Post 12031, American Legion Post 128, and the Anthem Community Council invite the public to attend the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27 at the Anthem Veterans Memorial.

The Daisy Mountain Veterans, VFW Post 12031 and American Legion Post 128 will host the ceremony, with support from the Anthem Community Council, U.S. Army Career Center-Anthem, the Sandra Day O’Connor and Agua Fria High School Junior Air Force ROTC units, Youth for Troops, and the North Valley Young Marines.

Highlights of the ceremony:

  • Over a thirty-four-year career, keynote speaker Rear Admiral William Putnam, USN (Retired) served in destroyers and cruisers and commanded an eleven ship carrier battle group. He served two tours in coastal Vietnam in 1969-1970, was engaged in counter terrorism operations off Lebanon and Libya in 1985, was the Anti-Surface Warfare Commander and Search and Rescue Commander in the northern reaches of the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm, and conducted strikes against bin Laden’s encampments in Afghanistan in 1998. He holds the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, six awards of the Legion of Merit (one with Combat Distinguishing Device) and numerous personal and campaign awards (Vietnam, Desert Storm). Following retirement in 2000, RADM Putnam joined USAA, where he was the Senior Vice President responsible for the Phoenix office from 2005-2011. He and his wife, Jan, have been residents of Anthem since 2006.
  • A special POW/MIA ceremony will be part of the event, hosted by the Sandra Day O’Connor and Agua Fria High School Junior Air Force ROTC cadets. A bell will be rung to honor each of the fallen memorialized in the Anthem Veterans Memorial Circle of Honor; prior to the ceremony, a rose will be placed on each of their pavers.
  • 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 Anthem Veterans Memorial is located at Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 45-60 minutes. Parking and seating are limited; the lot nearest the memorial is intended for ADA and limited-mobility guests only. Please arrive early and bring blankets/chairs.