Armed Forces Day Event Set to Honor Local Veterans
May 14, 2009 · Published By Nellie Dunigan
The City of Mesa is participating in an Armed Forces Day event, hosted by Mesa Community College’s Veterans Affairs Office, in recognition of the official holiday. The event will be held Saturday, May 16 between 10 a.m. and noon at the Veterans Rose Garden, located at MCC’s Main Campus at Southern Avenue and Dobson.
Scheduled to attend the event are Arizona 5th District Congressman Harry Mitchell, a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs; Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, who will be speaking at the event and Mesa Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh, who will also be speaking at the event and representing Council District 3, where the main MCC campus is located.
The Arizona Department of Veteran Services, the Southeast Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic, the Army National Guard, the American Legion and various other military support groups will also be in attendance to provide information about their programs and services.
The official Armed Forces Day was first announced on August 31, 1949 by then Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson. The purpose of the celebration is to honor the unification of the Armed Forces under one department – the Department of Defense.
Any organizations or businesses in the area interested in assisting with
the event or setting up booths should contact Valerie Vigil at the
Veterans Affairs Office. Vigil is the Assistant Director Financial Aid and
the Veterans Coordinator. She can be reached at (480) 461-7425.