The Sunland Memorial Park, 15826 N. Del Webb Blvd., provides coffee and donuts 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month to any veteran who wishes to attend.
Terri Flowers, Veteran Relations representative from Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes of Phoenix, provides this service to recognize, honor and thank these veterans for their service.
On Sept. 13, each veteran attending was asked to introduce themselves, tell what branch or branches of military service they were in and something about their service.
Members of the Sun City National Society Daughters of the America Revolution, Agua Fria Chapter, including Honorary Chapter Regent Shirley Staggs, veteran Debbie Schneider and Chapter Registrar Leslie Eaton, were present to recognize and honor five Vietnam War era veterans with a 50th anniversary commemorative lapel pin, a button, a magnet, a brochure explaining the meaning of the symbols on the pin and a “thank you for your service” letter from the chapter.
Rick Kreiberg, Founder and Executive Director of Veterans Affinity and Retired Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, was also present to help with presenting each veteran with the lapel pin.
Kreiberg and the Sun City NSDAR chapter have become a Commemorative Partner with the U.S. Department of Defense. The DOD began a project called 50th Commemorative Vietnam Veteran Era to thank all U.S. military veterans who served between Nov. 1, 1955, through May 15, 1975, regardless of location of service. This free program also involves presenting special pin packets to surviving spouses of veterans who have passed. Any organization may join the Commemoration Partners Program by visitingVietnamWar50th.com.
Visit the Agua Fria Chapter website “Thank You Vietnam Veterans” page at aguafriaarizonadar.weebly.com.