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Several Perch Base members brought the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) to the 2019 Town of Gilbert, AZ Veterans Day Ceremony on November 7, 2019, at the Gilbert Municipal Center.
We (a.k.a., Davy Jones) also signed up a new member, Charles Tobias. Welcome, Charles.
They say, "There's no such thing as a free lunch," but local restaurants fed us, too!

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2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Town of Gilbert gave each veteran a challenge coin.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

We watched the MASH 4077 helicopter, a 1952 Bell 47, arrive for the event.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

And then the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) surfaced.
(r-l) Howard Doyle, Doug LaRock, Davy Jones.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

(r-l) Davy Jones, Doug LaRock, and our new member Charles Tobias.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Williams Field High School Symphonic Band entertained the crowd with patriotic music prior to the ceremony.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Color Guard, performed by American Legion Post 39, Korean War Veterans, Perry High School AFJROTC, Gilbert Police Department, Gilbert Fire Department, and Higley Unified School District AFJROTC.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Gilbert High School AFJROTC presented the Setting of the MIA/POW Table.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Higley Unified School District AFJROTC presented the Battle Field Cross.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Chief Dennis Gardner, one of this year's Arizona Veteran Hall of Fame recipients is presented the Proclamation from the Gilbert Vice-Mayor.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Dennis is a Submariner from Gilbert, AZ.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Lieutenant General (ret) Jeffrey W. Talley was the Keynote Speaker.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Gilbert Fire Ceremonial Team performed as the POW/MIA/KIA Honor Guard folded the flag.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

POW/MIA/KIA Honor Guard folding the flag.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Davy Jones poses with Miss Gilbert 2020, Danielle Skranak.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Gilbert 9/11 Memorial.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Gilbert 9/11 Memorial.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Gilbert 9/11 Memorial.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Gilbert 9/11 Memorial.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Gilbert 9/11 Memorial.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Gilbert 9/11 Memorial.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Military vehicles on display.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Military vehicles on display.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Military vehicles on display.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Military vehicles on display.

2019 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Military vehicles on display.

Children from one of the nearby schools passed out Thank You cards to the Veterans.
Some of us are old enough to remember Art Linkletter and "Kids Say the Darndest Things."
And to quote another old show, Dragnet, "only the names are changed to protect the (VERY) innocent."

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