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The Town of Gilbert, AZ, invited Perch Base back for their 2015 Veterans Day Ceremony. We took the USS Phoenix float to the Municipal Center for a static display on Thursday, November 5, 2015.
They say, "There's no such thing as a free lunch," but local restaurants fed us, too!

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2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

As soon as you reached the Town of Gilbert, you felt welcome.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

As soon as you reached the Town of Gilbert, you felt welcome.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

As Captain Renault says in the movie Casablanca, "Round up the usual suspects."

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Williams Field High School Symphonic Band, led by Mr. Bob Edgar, Director, entertained the crowd with patriotic music prior to the ceremony.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The 4th Graders from Settlers Point Elementary, led by Stephanie Usrey and Sandra Hendrickson, entertained us.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

An ROTC Color Guard unfurls the flag.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Lt Col Eileen Bienz, ANG (Ret.) was the Master of Ceremonies.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Lt Col Eileen Bienz, ANG (Ret.) was the Master of Ceremonies.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Color Guards from the Town of Gilbert Fire Department, American Legion, and Korean War Veterans present the Colors.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Color Guards from the Town of Gilbert Fire Department, American Legion, and Korean War Veterans present the Colors.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Color Guards from the Town of Gilbert Fire Department, American Legion, and Korean War Veterans present the Colors.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Color Guards from the Town of Gilbert Fire Department, American Legion, and Korean War Veterans present the Colors.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Campo Verde High School Advanced Vocal Ensemble, led by Mr. Matthew Flora, Director, sang the National Anthem and Americal the Beautiful.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Gilbert High School ROTC presents the Setting of the MIA/POW Table.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Gilbert High School ROTC presents the Setting of the MIA/POW Table.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Gilbert High School ROTC presents the Setting of the MIA/POW Table.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Higley Unified School District ROTC presents the history of the Battle Field Cross.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Higley Unified School District ROTC presents the history of the Battle Field Cross.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Higley Unified School District ROTC presents the history of the Battle Field Cross.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Higley Unified School District ROTC presents the history of the Battle Field Cross.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Higley Unified School District ROTC presents the history of the Battle Field Cross.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Town of Gilbert Mayor, the Honorable John Lewis, addresses the audience.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Town of Gilbert Mayor, the Honorable John Lewis, addresses the audience.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Town of Gilbert Mayor, the Honorable John Lewis, addresses the audience.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Town of Gilbert Mayor, the Honorable John Lewis, addresses the audience.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Town of Gilbert Mayor, Assistant Mayor, various Gilbert Council Members, County and State Representatives present a Proclamation of Appreciation to veterans.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Keynote Speaker was Capt. Philip Roos, USN, Commanding Officer of the NROTCU Arizona State. (He is a skimmer, but I told him I wouldn't hold it against him!)

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Keynote Speaker was Capt. Philip Roos, USN, Commanding Officer of the NROTCU Arizona State. (He is a skimmer, but I told him I wouldn't hold it against him!)

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Keynote Speaker was Capt. Philip Roos, USN, Commanding Officer of the NROTCU Arizona State. (He is a skimmer, but I told him I wouldn't hold it against him!)

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Mayor presents a plaque of appreciation to Capt. Philip Roos.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The ROTC retires the Colors.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The ROTC retires the Colors.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Gilbert Fire Department Ceremonial Pipes and Drums concludes the ceremony.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Stanley Rzempoluch, a 92 year old veteran of World War II, presented a US Flag magnet to many of the veterans.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Stanley Rzempoluch, a 92 year old veteran of World War II, presented a US Flag magnet to many of the veterans.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Stanley Rzempoluch, a 92 year old veteran of World War II, presented a US Flag magnet to many of the veterans.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Capt. Roos chats with a WW2 veteran of the North African Campaign.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Perch Base member Jim Denzien chats with Lt Col Eileen Bienz, ANG (Ret.), the Master of Ceremonies.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Arizona Historical Military Transport Association presented their vehicles.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The event program. Left-click to open complete PDF.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Several examples of cute Thank You cards handed to veterans by students of the Gateway Baptist Academy.

2015 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Several examples of cute Thank You cards handed to veterans by students of the Gateway Baptist Academy.

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