Contact: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 480-312-2312
Senator Martha McSally, a United States Air Force (USAF) combat veteran and politician serving as the junior United States Senator for Arizona, is scheduled to be this year's keynote speaker for the city's annual program.
The event takes place at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. It is free and open to the public.
McSally served in the USAF from 1988 to 2010 and rose to the rank of colonel before retiring. One of the highest-ranking female pilots in the history of the Air Force, McSally was the first American woman to fly in combat following the 1991 lifting of the prohibition on female combat pilots.
She was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014. She served two terms as the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 2nd congressional district. Governor Doug Ducey appointed McSally to succeed interim U.S. Senator Jon Kyl upon his resignation. She assumed office in January 2019.
Army veteran JB Spisso also will be a guest speaker. He served 26 years, including 10 years in Special Operations with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, leading the country's most talented soldiers in combat. Spisso retired at the prominent rank of Sergeant Major, the highest and most respected non-commissioned officer position in the military.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Arizona Band kicks off the program at 3 p.m. with a half-hour of patriotic music.
The Veterans Day program also will feature Scottsdale historian and veteran Len Marcisz, Vi at Silverstone retirement community veterans, the Police and Fire Honor Guards and bugler Gil Gifford.