Pearl Harbor Remembrance

Pearl Harbor Remembrance
December 6, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Mesa Market Place Swap Meet
10550 East Baseline Road
Mesa, AZ 85209
Joan Wells

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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 and the POW MIA flag.

Well-known Arizona performers, The Needham Twins, will sing the National Anthem, and other patriotic favorites. The Patriot Youth Corps will remember those who gave their lives by performing the Salt and Wounded Warrior ceremonies.

Doug Dau, the Northern District Commander of the State of Arizona Disabled American Veterans will speak about the tradition of veterans supporting veterans as years and battles, and wars pass into memory, and then out of memory.

Precious few who survived attack Pearl Harbor Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 are left. Our World War II and Korean War veterans have long advocated for better care for more recent veterans through lobbying and service organizations like the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the American Legion, the VFW, and even the Veterans Administration.

And the Vietnam Veteran, who was shunned in the 1960’s and 1970’s by the public, has become an advocacy powerhouse, partnering with Korean War Veterans to insure that Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans are cared for and honored properly, something denied to them.

This remembrance is not only to remember the 3,581 service people who died or were wounded because of the attack on Pearl Harbor, it is a tribute to the continuing sacrifices made by surviving Veterans and their families to insure that the returning veteran is supported and has an honored place at the American table.

Before and after the remembrance, adults and children are invited to write notes and color pictures to go into ‘Packages From Home’ care packages.

The Mesa Market Place is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 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.