This year’s keynote speaker is Anthem resident, author, and Vietnam veteran Jim Oliveri (USA, retired; pictured at R). His latest book, “The Frost Weeds,” is the story of his personal experiences in Vietnam during 1964-65. He is the recipient of eight military decorations, including the Combat Infantry Badge and Army Commendation Medal. Oliveri is a past American Legion post commander and a former member of the DMV Board. He also served as chairman of the DMV’s program to present medals sanctioned by the Department of Defense to more than 150 local Vietnam veterans, many of whom had never before been publicly recognized for their service.
The ceremony will include a POW/MIA remembrance when a bell is rung for each veteran Killed or Missing in Action who is remembered at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. Special music will be provided by the Musical Theatre of Anthem, and the program will end with a moment of silence and the playing of “Taps.” Due to COVID-19 protocol, seating will be very limited & reserved for ceremony participants and ADA guests.
Please bring your own seating (chairs or blankets only; no tents will be allowed). Plan to arrive early and utilize all three Community Park lots. Please also plan to bring bottled water to the event, which lasts about 45 minutes.