City and chamber host annual Veterans Day ceremony
by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on November 6th, 2017

The City of Glendale and Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military and Veterans Affairs Committee invite the public to attend the 15th annual Veterans Day ceremony 9 a.m. Nov. 11 at Glendale Main Library Auditorium, 5959 W. Brown St.

The ceremony will begin inside the library auditorium and feature special keynote speaker, Chief MSgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, Command Chief of the 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base.
Glendale dignitaries, including Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers, active military members and local veteran organizations, are invited to attend. The presentation of colors will be provided by The Marine Corps League’s Old Breed Detachment No. 767 Color Guard.

Following the keynote speaker, the ceremony will continue outside on the lawn of the library, adjacent to the Glendale Veterans Memorial, and include a flag-raising, with an American flag, an Arizona State flag and a POW/MIA flag. Military vehicles provided by the U.S. Army will be on display near the monument for public viewing.

The Veterans Day ceremony will be highlighted with a 10:30 a.m. flyover of jets from Luke Air Force Base.

Members of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary will offer balloons for attendees to release at the conclusion of the event following the flyover, with a special note attached in honor of Arizona’s service men and women.

Commissioned by the Glendale Public Art Program, with major funding through the city’s 1 Percent for Art Fund, artist Joe Tyler’s memorial is officially titled “For Every Drop of Blood—For Every Life Devoted.” For details about the Veterans Memorial, visit  ​
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Note that the Glendale Main Library itself will be closed for the holiday, although the auditorium wing will be open for this event. For more information, call the Glendale Public Art Program at 623-930-3557.

Following the Veterans Day Ceremony, everyone is welcome to attend a flag retirement ceremony, hosted by the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DAV, 8447 N. 61st Ave. That ceremony will be supported by Civil Air Patrol 388th Composite Squadron, Arizona Wing.

The public is invited to bring worn flags to the ceremony for this protocol retirement.

Additional event information is available online at

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