FREE Memorial Event Sat, May 27, 9am to Noon

May 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
10550 E Baseline Rd
Mesa, AZ 85209
Joan Wells

You’re invited to attend our Memorial Event at the Mesa Market Place Swap Meet Saturday, May 27 from 9:00 a.m. until Noon. The event will take place in their Food Court in the middle of the second row, Row B and on Row C, just behind the Food Court.

It will be an action-packed event. There will be Military and First Responder equipment exhibits. Both the Military Exhibit and Children’s events will run from 9:00 a.m. until Noon.

There will be a Remembrance, including the presentation of our Colors, at 10:30 a.m. in the Food Court.

Children and Grownup Activities: There will be lots of face painting, balloon art, coloring, drawing and note-writing, for both kids and grownups.

Exibits and Displays: There will be two very unusual vehicles on display: a Vietnam era helicopter, Series III OH-6a Hardbelly Cayuse Loach, and a Vietnam era M35 Deuce-and-a-Half cargo truck.

Both have been restored and come with an amazing history. This helicopter served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1973, and survived six crashes while in service.

Twenty and Thirty foot scale models of both the USS Phoenix Submarine and the USS Arizona Destroyer will be on display.

The USS Phoenix is a 1/15 scale model of the nuclear powered submarine USS Phoenix (SSN-702,) named after our city. The Phoenix was a Los Angeles-class submarine that was 362 feet long and, on the surface, had 32 feet of the ship under water. The USS Phoenix is sponsored by the Perch Base Chapter of the United States Submariners.

The USS Arizona is a large scale model of the destroyer that was lost on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor, Hawaii with no advance warning.

The Arizona Army National Guard, Mesa Police Department, and Mesa Fire Department will also exhibit equipment.

Stop N Shop Military Surplus, located in Apache Junction, will exhibit equipment and be there to answer questions.

The 10:30 a.m. Remembrance: The Motorcycle Color Guard of America will begin the remembrance by presenting the American flag, and will also honor veterans in the audience by presenting flags for the five branches of the Armed Forces. There is nothing like National and Branch Service flags flowing in the breeze behind a motorcycle. 

Western singer Cord Price will sing the National Anthem, and other patriotic favorites.  Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Chuck Byers will present the Keynote address.

The Patriot Youth Corps will perform the ‘Missing Man’ Ceremony and the ‘Wounded Warrior’ Ceremony.

Author Keith Warren Lloyd, who wrote Above and Beyond, about WWI pilot Frank Luke, Jr, will speak about the flying ace. Luke AFB is named after him. Lt. Frank Luke, Jr. was a Phoenix native who along with several hundred other pilots, gave the Allied Forces the advantage needed to win the war.

The Jewish War Veterans Copper State Post 619, a significant contributor to the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Hospital and Arizona StandDown, a three day event serving homeless and at risk veterans and their families will participate as well.

Here’s what will happen to all the colored pictures and notes that will be created at this event: Packages From Home sends thousands of care packages to military personnel serving in the Middle East every year, and will not send a package out without including a personal note or picture in it.

All of your creations will be delivered to them to remind our active duty Armed Forces personnel that they are remembered and are appreciated. Many of them are parents, and it means a lot to them to get an original piece of art from a young person. For more information about Packages From Home, go

Mesa Market Place is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is at 10550 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85209, at exit 193 Signal Butte Rd. and Hwy 60. Info: 480-380-5572 and Fully handicapped accessible. Free Parking, admission, and entertainment.