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White House “Physician to the President” is Veterans Day keynote speaker



  Nov. 5, 2013

  Contact:  Public Information Officer Jan Horne, 480-312-2636






White House “Physician to the President” is Veterans Day keynote speaker

Dr. Connie Mariano, a former Physician to the President, will be the keynote speaker at Scottsdale’s annual Veterans Day program. The commemoration takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road.

Mariano served nine years as White House doctor under the administrations of both President Bushes and Clinton.

She has achieved an impressive list of “firsts” that include:
** The first military woman to become the White House Physician to the President
** The first woman Director of the White House Medical Unit
** The first Filipino American in U.S. history to become a Navy Rear Admiral

Brig. Gen. Michael T. McGuire also will be a featured speaker. He is the senior military officer overseeing the Arizona National Guard and its 8,000 personnel. Gov. Jan Brewer appointed McGuire to his post in August.

The Veterans Day event also features the 108th Army National Guard Band, the city’s Police and Fire departments Honor Guards and bugler Gil Gifford.

The band kicks off the program with patriotic music at 3 p.m. The formal program begins at 3:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 480-312-2312 or visit the park’s website.   

More city-sponsored Veterans Day activities:
• Friday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m.: Community Historian and Author Joan Fudala will present “Scottsdale Civil War Legacies” at the Scottsdale Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Fudala will highlight the service and post-Civil War accomplishments of our most senior Scottsdale veterans, including Maj. Gen Irvin McDowell, Capt. W.J. Murphy and Maj. Winfield Scott. The program is free and open to the public.
• Monday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m.:  Scottsdale’s VFW Post 3513 will host a Veterans Day event at Scottsdale City Hall, Chaplain Statue, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The program is free and open to the public. Scheduled speakers Congressman David Schweikert, Councilman Robert Littlefield, Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane, and two recently returned Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. For details, contact the American Legion Post 44 in Scottsdale at 480-941-0130.