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Eight Perch Base members brought the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) to the 2020 Town of Gilbert, AZ Veterans Day Ceremony on November 5, 2020, at the Gilbert Regional Park.
The "Master of Ceremonies" was our own Perch Base Associate Member (and Miss Gilbert 2020), Danielle Skranak.
Most of the photos were taken from a distance because of the coronavirus restrictions.

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2020 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Town of Gilbert gave each veteran a challenge coin.

2020 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

(l-r) Davy Jones, Carl Miner, Howard Doyle, Glenn Posniack, Doug LaRock.
Not shown: Dan Marks (taking the picture,) George Woods, Bob Gilmore.

2020 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Just in case we didn't feel safe, this tank was parked right in front of the USS Phoenix to protect us!

2020 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The "Master of Ceremonies" was our own Perch Base Associate Member (and Miss Gilbert 2020), Danielle Skranak.

2020 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Higley Unified School District AFJROTC performing a rifle demonstration, including elaborate rifle spins and tosses. Perhaps some of these gents will go on to the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and do the same thing with fixed bayonets!

2020 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

The Honorable Gilbert Mayor Scott Anderson presented a Veterans Day Proclamation to former Gilbert Mayor Jen Daniels who was escorted by another Gilbert Veteran.
(l-r) Unidentified veteran who escorted Jen Daniels, former Gilbert Mayor Jen Daniels, Gilbert Mayor Scott Anderson, Gilbert Veterans Day Celebration Chairman Dave Rosenfeld.

2020 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Gilbert Councilman Bill Spence, a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander who has served and qualified on submarines, introduced the Keynote Speaker, Nikki Stratton.

2020 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Nikki Stratton addressed the audience. Nikki's grandfather, Donald Stratton (1922-2020) was one of the last three living survivors of the Battleship USS Arizona (BB-39). In February 2020, following the funeral of her grandfather, Nikki was asked by the (Acting) Secretary of the Navy to be the "Ship's Sponsor" of the newly designated USS Arizona (SSN-803) Virginia Class Block V Fast Attack Submarine.

2020 Gilbert Veterans Day Photos

Members of the audience were spaced by families in separated circles to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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