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Fountain Hills Honors It’s Veterans at Ceremony

Fountain Hills Veterans Day Celebration Honors Men and Women of the Armed Forces

Last SaluteFountain Hills’ peaceful Veterans Memorial Plaza is the setting for our annual Veteran’s Day tribute. The plaza is a wonderful illustration how vision and dedication bring wonderful public-private projects to fruition.

Tribute to each war's herosHonoring all branches of the Armed Services, the commemorative plaques by local sculptor and Navy veteran Carlos Hadaway offer thanks and recognition of those who have served our county. Overlooking the lake and mountains, it is a peaceful place of contemplation and remembrance.  Hadaway’s tribute to the men who served on the USS Arizona and his loving rendition of Bob Hope’s long service are worth a visit in themselves.

Bob HopeThis year’s Veteran’s Day ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at 11.00 a.m.  Several local Veterans organizations will participate in the Parading and Posting of the Colors followed by a tribute message from Keynote speaker SS Jason Bedore, U.S. Army, retired.

Fountain Hills Honors Veterans at Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration 

Veterans Day, 2011:  A BIG RED Celebration!

Veterans Day, 2011: A BIG RED Celebration!

On Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, the three veterans’ organizations of Fountain Hills will conduct a ceremony at the Fountain Hills Memorial Plaza honoring all veterans.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh will be the keynote speaker, and the commanders of all three posts, AMVETS Post 7, VFW Post 7507, and American Legion Post 58 will give brief addresses.

The VFW color guard will post the colors and Debbie Fisher will play Taps and sing the national anthem. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by AMVETS Finance Officer Al DeManage, the opening prayer by AMVETS Chaplain Gordon Rohn, and the closing prayer by VFW Chaplain Lou Magdelin.

A special item on the program will feature all veterans in the crowd moving to the front to salute the colors as they pass by at the end of the ceremony. Attendees are invited to the American Legion at 16837 E Parkview Ave. for coffee and pastries.

Attendees are encouraged to wear the red tee shirts that say “Home of the Free, Because of the Brave.”  These can be purchased at the local VFW.

Flags for The Fallen This Memorial Day

The Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial is a permanent installation at Fountain Park honoring America's Heroes

The Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial is a permanent installation at Fountain Park honoring America’s Heroes

Memorial Day will be celebrated this year at the Fountain Park Veteran Memorial.

In addition to the service that is held at 9 am on Memorial Day, this year, there will be an extra salute to those American’s that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.

“Flags for the Fallen” will entail the placement of 50 full-size U.S. state flags near the Veterans Memorial.

In addition, behind those state flags will be more than 2,300 small U.S. flags representing each of the fallen service men and women of Operation Enduring Freedom, which is the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

The flags will be posted east of the Veterans Memorial early on Monday morning and will be present for the 9 a.m. Memorial Day service.

Service member names and military information will be printed alongside their fallen fellow service members names on an A-frame sign placed besides their respective state flags.

Each U.S. flag will be placed in rows behind the flag of the state in which the fallen military member was born.

There also will be a side memorial to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

The flags will be removed Monday at sunset after “Taps” is played in sequence by various trumpet or bugle players around the park.

We look forward to seeing you on Memorial Day at 9am to remember those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Pearl Harbor Ceremony at Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial

Pearl Harbor to be remembered by the town’s Veterans Service Organizations on Saturday December 7th

Veterans MemorialThe Commander,VFW Post 7507 invites all residents and their guests to a ceremony commemorating and honoring the dead and the survivors of the surprise Japanese attack on the US on December 7,1941.

The ceremony will take place at the Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial at 9:00 a.m. VFW Post 7507’s Color Guard will parade the Colors.  The Fountain Hills Saxophone Quartet will  play the National Anthem and provide music before and after the ceremony.

Major General Al Crawford, US Army, retired will be the keynote speaker.
Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals and/or ribbons whether on civilian clothes or full or partial uniforms. The wearing of shirts with the slogan “Home of the Free  Because of the Brave” or other patriotic apparel is appropriate and encouraged. VFW, American Legion and AmVet members are encouraged to wear organizational caps/hats and/or shirts.


Memorial Day is Extra-Special in Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial

Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial

The Veteran’s Memorial in Fountain Park is the perfect setting for Fountain Hills annual Memorial Day observance.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 27th, the observance is a joint effort of the Town’s three major veterans’ organizations:  the AMVETS Post no. 7, VFW Post 7507, and American Legion Post 58.  Organized this year by the AMVETS, the keynote speaker will be Congressman David Schweikert, who is a Fountain Hills resident.

Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial features this bronze WWI era soldier

Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial features this bronze WWI era soldier

Plaques depicting scenes from the Spanish-American War to the Persian Gulf War give solemn tribute the men and women who served in our Armed Forces.  A Navy veteran and chronicler himself, Carlos Hadaway’s tribute the USS Arizona is a moving reminder of the bravery and selflessness of those who gave their lives for their country.  Close to the hearts of all who served and had their spirits lifted by the hundreds of USO tours is Hadaway’s poignant tribute to Bob Hope, who gave so selflessly of his time and talent to bring the fresh air of laughter to our troops.

A tribute to Bob Hope is one of the featured sculptures at the Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial

A tribute to Bob Hope is one of the featured sculptures at the Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial

The community is invited to wear their “red shirts” to the Memorial service on Monday.  This effort organized and supported by Fountain Hills residents provides funds for homeless veterans and Vets in need from the sale of these popular shirts.  But Fountain Hills not only remembers and honors its veterans on Memorial day…every Friday is “Red Shirt” day, giving all of us an opportunity to say “Thank You” to our Veterans all year round.

Local residents are encouraged to wear their Home of the Free tee shirts available from the VFW

Local residents are encouraged to wear their Home of the Free tee shirts available from the VFW

Fountain Hills Celebrates Veterans Day at the Fountain

Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial hosts the annual observance of Veterans Day. The service will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. The public is invited. 

The Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial is a permanent installation at Fountain Park honoring America’s Heroes

If you want to learn something about a small town, find out how they honor their veterans.  In the Southwest, if there is a ranking, Fountain Hills will be at the top.

On Sunday, November 11, be sure to show up long before the 9 am kickoff at the Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial.  If you don’t you won’t be able to get close enough to enjoy the color guard, speaches and joy of watching both young and old pay their respect to those who have gone before.

Veterans Day, 2011: A BIG RED Celebration!

VFW Post 7507, American Legion Post 58 and the AMVETS post will participate in the ceremonies. The keynote address will be given by Mike Ferguson, state VFW commander.   For more information, contact Boe James, commander of the local VFW post at VFW7507@yahoo.com


Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce Presents: The Fountain Festival of Arts

Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts, November 11-13,  10 am-5 pm

Fountain Hills Art FestivalsEach year, the Chamber of Commerce hosts the Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts, part of a series of events that introduce hundreds of thousands of people to Arizona’s best kept secret, Fountain Hills.  With nearly 500 booths of artisans and craftsmen from all over the United States, a tasty offering of food ranging from organic to “carnival carbs” by gourmet restaurants and local service clubs plus live music by such artists as Esteban and others, the show has become one of Arizona’s favorites!


Some of our favorite clients enjoying the fair: Deb Alexander and Colleen Weborg, both of Nebraska

The Fountain Festival is always a great way to get your Christmas Shopping done!  You’ll find original works of art in every price range, hand crafted clothing and hats, knick knacks, yard art, furniture and more.  As a Realtor, I often go into homes that are exquisitely decorated and appointed with pieces gained through years of festival shopping.  It’s part of what  makes Fountain Hills so special!

This year the event coincides on Veterans Day, which the community supports in a BIG WAY with a ceremony at the beautiful Veteran’s Memorial at 9:00 am and then later a larger celebration that includes thousands of local residents in their red shirts, an F-16 Flyover, music, presentations and more.  For more informaiton, check out Veterans Day Celebration.

Fountain Hills Public Art

First Love by Carol Cunningham, located at Fountain Park

Visitors to the community will also see a vast collection of public art–nearly 100 signficant pieces!  Just this week, the National League of Cities and Towns chose to bring two large buses of mayors, council people and town staffers to Fountain Hills to study the community’s nationally admired efforts at volunteerism, public art, public spaces and community pride.

To learn more about Fountain HIlls, visit the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce, located at 16837 E. Palisades Blvd  Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(480) 837-1654.  They work hard to promote local business and introduce new visitors to the community.   Be sure to log onto their website.  Throughout the year, they host a number of events and promotions, including the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9:00 am, Thanksgiving Morning.  In the spring, another nationally recognized art show, The Great Fair, will again come to the Avenue of the Fountains.

If you visit the Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts, be sure to also stop by Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate at 16824 E. Avenue of the Fountains.  We’ll have hot popcorn and lots of information about the local community and real estate.  For a real treat, check out www.150Ways.com and you’ll get live links to 150 events and venues all around the area that you can explore, visit and enjoy.  Or, just give us a call at 480-816-5557.

Welcome Home to One of Our Heroes

Major David David, Grandson of Fountain Hills’ Carmen Bovee, received a warm welcome home from his “clan”…wife Eryn (far right), daughters Gracie, Emma, Eden, Mattie and Amelia; new son, Calvin,  and Mom Janice Bovee (center).  (Note the shirts…Kid 1, Kid 2, etc…just to keep track!)

Janice, a nurse mid-wife in Chandler, is understandably very proud of her son and the years of service Major David has provided as an intelligence officer throughout the world.  His latest deployment was to Afghanistan. Grandma Carmen Bovee is a retired Fountain Hills Realtor and school teacher who recently enjoyed her 80th Birthday celebration.   For those of us lucky enough to be in attendance, it was amazing to see how beautiful, youthful and graceful the Grand Lady is…she is an inspiration to us all and we look forward to many more special celebrations through the years. Major David is following in the footsteps of others in his family, including his grandfather, Gaylord Bovee, whom we all miss.  In his early years, Gaylord served in the Army before a distinguished career with the Phoenix Fire Department. Major David, we all thank you for your service to our country!  We are reminded, as Memorial Day arrives, of the many who have given their service–and lives–for our country.   Don’t forget to honor our service men and women this Memorial Day…we invite you to attend the Fountain Hills Memorial Day Celebration at the Fountain Hills Veteran’s Memorial, at 9:00 am.