In November we pause to celebrate our veterans and their courageous families, several of whom we’re honored to have residing in Cadence at Gateway. Local East Valley organizations have put together many opportunities for us to show appreciation to these heroes, past and present, and each parade or celebration is fewer than 20 minutes from Cadence.
Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, occurs on November 11. In 1938, an Act was approved to recognize November 11 as a legal holiday to honor the veterans of World War I. In 1954, Congress urged veterans service organizations to amend the original 1938 Act to strike out the word Armistice and insert the word Veterans so the holiday would honor American veterans of all wars. In addition to Veteran’s Day on November 11, the month of November is Military Family Month.
Jack Sellers, in a recent Maricopa County Regional Park press release, said,
“As a small token of appreciation for the freedoms afforded to all Americans, Maricopa County’s regional parks will be honoring all veterans with Military Service Appreciation Day,” said Jack Sellers, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “All active and non-active military personnel will have their $7 per vehicle day-use entry fee waived on November 11. We hope this will allow them to relax and spend time with their family and friends while taking in the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.”
Mesa is hosting a parade! The East Valley Veterans Parade starts on Center Street and University in Mesa and runs South on Center St. to 1st St, it then turns west onto 1st St. and continues to Robson. The parade starts at 11 a.m. It lasts approximately 1.5 hrs.
Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler, has several observances planned, including a book display, a walk, a Military Appreciation Breakfast and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Veterans Oasis Park is located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road.
In Gilbert, there’s a Veterans Day Ceremony on November 10 at Gilbert Regional Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The new park is at 3005 E. Queen Creek Road.
Maricopa County Regional Parks stresses the importance of the day and month.
“While we cannot begin to thank our veterans enough for the sacrifices they’ve made to serve our country, we can invite them to spend time making precious memories with their loved ones at our regional parks,” said Supervisor Clint Hickman, District 4. “With the cooler weather upon us, a hike or bike ride along the Maricopa Trail or in a regional park on the more than 645-miles of trails our regional parks manage is a perfect outing for the whole family.”
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