Scottsdale's annual Veterans Day event highlights the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The city has been designated a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner and as such, Scottsdale joins a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families.
The event takes place at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. It is free and open to the public.
The city is asking Vietnam veterans who are attending the event to please RSVP so they can be properly recognized at the event.
Capt. Larry Ernst, United States Navy (ret.) and Top Gun instructor, will be the keynote speaker. Ernst flew two F-4 combat tours during the Vietnam War, was in one of the first Top Gun classes to learn advanced air combat maneuvers, served as a test pilot and was the last captain of the aircraft carrier USS Midway.
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 Joan Fudala, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 432 Honor Guard and bugler Gil Gifford.
Refreshments are provided courtesy of Shamrock Foods Company and the Wildflower Bread Company.
For more information about this event, call the park at 480-312-2312.
More local Veterans Day commemorations and information:
Local veterans organizations host ceremony, Nov. 11.
Scottsdale veteran organizations will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Scottsdale City Hall, Chaplain Statue, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hayden Duff at 480-466-4837.
Scottsdale Arts offers discounts for veterans.
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts are celebrating veterans this November. Veterans, active military and their families who visit SMoCA can present a valid military-issued I.D. to receive free admission. During November; veterans, active military and their families can attend a variety of free performances. Get more information by calling the box office at 480-499-8587.