Carefree’s 7th annual Veterans Day Celebration

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Event to be held from 3 to 5 pm on Friday, November 11

The Town of Carefree is honored to host its 7th annual Veterans Day presentation and musical tribute in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, located in the Carefree Desert Gardens (101 Easy Street, Carefree, AZ).

The event will feature a mixture of exciting patriotic and military music by Don Morosic and his Main Event Swing Band.   Special speakers will include veterans of the armed forces, who will share their experiences from the past.  By popular request, the finale will once again include the bugle call, The Last Post, followed by TAPS on “dueling bugles”.

Barbara Hatch, founder of the Veterans Heritage Project, will be in attendance with students from Cactus Shadows High School, whose VHP chapter is now in the capable hands of two social studies teachers, Steve Mitten and Jake Bombaci.  The Heritage Quilt will be on display.  Barbara is the proud recipient of the 2012 Arizona History Teacher of the Year award from the State Board of Education and the Copper Sword from the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, awarded to a civilian who has shown dedication to the military in a significant way. Veterans Heritage Project students can now be found interviewing in 19 schools in Arizona and one in Illinois and will publish 4 editions of Since You Asked this year.

Packages from Home will also be present at the Veteran’s Day event to accept items for shipment to troops serving overseas, or donations to help with shipping costs.  The most-needed items are small size toothpaste, shaving cream, men’s razors, socks, T-shirts (L & XL), boxers (L & XL), Rice Krispy Treats, peanut butter (~16 oz.), Extra Brand Gum 20 packs) and drink mix singles, such as Crystal Lite powdered drinks.  Alternatively, PFH representatives will be on hand to gladly accept any cash donations, since each package costs $15.95 to ship.

The Association of the United States Army will have a representative available to assist any veterans with questions.  Mike Wold will introduce Healing Memories for Veterans.  The Carefree Kiwanis Club will be providing light refreshments with assistance from the Black Mountain Foothills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  For more information, please contact the Town of Carefree, at 480-488-3686.

Come enjoy the special presentations and join in the opportunity to honor those who have sacrificed for all. For more information visit or call the Town Hall at 480.488.3686.