Scottsdale honors veterans in a safe, new way this year

While the city will not host an in-person event to commemorate Veterans Day, Scottsdale will honor and pay respect to those who served in the nation’s armed forces through a series of new original videos produced specially for Veterans Day 2020.

You can watch the city’s virtual Veterans Day Commemoration starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, on Scottsdale Video Network (Cox channels 11 and 1011 [HD] and Century Link channel 8001). The videos also will air later in the day.

The four new videos will premiere on the city’s YouTube channel beginning at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, as well. Click on the link provided with each video description below to set a reminder to watch each premiere. 

Scottsdale’s virtual 2020 Veterans Day Commemoration features:

  • 11 a.m. - Scottsdale Fire Department Pipes & Drums – Veterans Day 2020: Watch a heart-warming performance by the Scottsdale Fire Department Pipes and Drums recorded especially to commemorate Veterans Day 2020.. Pipe bands have long been part of military tradition, most notably in the United Kingdom and its former colonies. The Fire Department Pipes and Drum Band was formed in 2018, and members wear the 343 Firefighter Tartan to honor the 343 firefighters who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • 11:15 a.m. -  Honoring Scottsdale Veterans: This video montage showcases Scottsdale veterans or veteran family members from throughout our community.

  • 11:30 a.m. -  A conversation with Scottsdale Veterans Advisory Commission Chair Pete Palmer: Palmer served more than 32 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, retiring in 2009 as a Brigadier General. Following his Army retirement, Palmer worked for General Dynamics – the job that brought him to Scottsdale – where he led General Dynamics’ EDGE Innovation Network. Among his current handful of volunteer activities, Palmer serves as the chair of the city’s Veterans Advisory Commission, which advises the City Council on veteran programs, policies and practices and serves as a community connection point for veterans and the community.

  • Noon: Salute to Scottsdale’s World War II Veterans: Joan Fudala, Scottsdale community historian and veteran, walks us through many fascinating stories about Scottsdale’s World War II veterans, describing their wartime service and post-war community building. She also paints a verbal picture of Scottsdale’s home front and military installations during World War II. Fudala is a U.S. Air Force veteran with 21 years of military service on active duty and in the USAF Reserve as a public affairs officer. Her late husband was a Vietnam combat pilot, her father served as an officer in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, and her mother was a U.S. Army civilian employee at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during World War II.


In other Veterans Day news:

  • Most city offices are closed for Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. However, garbage and recycling collection will not be affected. Place your containers in their typical spot by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the night before. 

  • Fees at national parks waived for veterans, Gold Star families. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 11, veterans and Gold Star families will be able to visit national parks and other public lands for free, under a new initiative from the Department of the Interior. Active-duty service members and their families are already granted free access to those sites under existing department rules. The new announcement broadens that benefit to more than 20 million more individuals in recognition of their service and sacrifice on behalf of the country. In a statement, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said the move gives all veterans “free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect.

  • VIDEO: The Great Desert Escape from Papago Park prisoner of war camp. Watch and learn about the largest escape of POWs in North America during World War II that happened right here in Scottsdale. Join historian and author Keith Warren Lloyd as he explores the factors leading up to the escape, the escape itself and the aftermath. Presented as part of Scottsdale's Neighborhood College series


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