Veterans Day 2022 Across ADVS
The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services celebrated Veterans Day 2022 at agency sites across the state on November 11th to pay tribute to every American who has served in the U.S. military.
To honor and remember the Veterans who are no longer with us, dozens of volunteers placed thousands of U.S. flags at markers at our three cemeteries: Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at Camp Navajo just west of Flagstaff, Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at Marana just north of Tucson and Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista.
Staff at three of our Arizona State Veteran Homes planned a full day of activities for Veterans living at Arizona State Veteran Home-Phoenix, Arizona State Veteran Home-Tucson and Arizona State Veteran Home-Yuma.
In Phoenix, the morning kicked off with a small concert outside of the home by April Yeager who performed classic songs from George M. Cohan and some of the resident’s favorite songs including The Beatles and Patsy Cline. After the concert, ASVH-Phoenix staff helped Veterans make the short walk over to 7th Avenue to watch Honoring America’s Veterans Phoenix Veterans Day Parade.
Down south in Tucson, Veterans Day activities were spread across several days at the home and included movies in their Cootie Theater, a flag display in the fountain courtyard, and ASVH-Tucson staff also presented a certificate of appreciation to each Veteran.
ASVH-Yuma celebrated their first Veterans Day since the home began welcoming residents in October. Veterans and their families got together and had breakfast at the home and then staff took residents on a short drive to watch Yuma’s Veterans Day parade.
The Heard Museum in Phoenix invited Deputy Director John Scott to speak at their 10th annual celebration of the American Indian Veteran National Memorial. During the sunset ceremony, Deputy Director Scott spoke about the impact of American Indian Veterans service to our nation. He also talked about how his love of music and the arts helped him during his time in the Marine Corps.
Finally, ADVS Director Wanda Wright who also serves as the President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) had the honor of attending the White House Veterans Day breakfast hosted by First lady Jill Biden in Washington, D.C..