The men and women who have served and continue to serve in the military are being honored this month.
The U.S. Marine Corps' 228th anniversary celebration is Nov. 8 and two ceremonies are planned for Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
The 26-member Payson Marines, also known as the Rim Country Detachment of the Marine Crops League, will mark the U.S. Marine Corps anniversary with a dinner and dance starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Mazatzal Casino.
"We're expecting 100 plus," said Rich Roy, who coordinated the reservations for the event.
The cost is $20 and features a choice of prime rib, Chicken Oscar or grilled swordfish. The dinner is being prepared by the Cedar Ridge Restaurant and will be served in the casino's bingo hall, Roy said.
A social hour will start at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., with the cake-cutting ceremony at 8 p.m. A dance, with music by Whitewater, is planned for 9 p.m. until midnight. To attend only the dance, the cost is $5, payable at the entrance of the bingo hall.
"This is a community event which draws together all segments of our town and the Rim country region to recognize and appreciate the freedoms we all enjoy," said retired Col. William Sahno in a news release about the celebration.
He said in addition to honoring the anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps, the event is a kickoff for the observance of Veterans Day and Veterans Month.
Sahno said one of the features of the observance will be remarks by Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, read as part of the official ceremony. Romley is the 2001 Disabled American Veterans' Outstanding Veteran of the Year and the 2001 recipient of the Presidential Unsung Hero Award.
The Rim Country Detachment of the Marine Corps League formed in 1995, Roy said. It has celebrated the U.S. Marine Corps anniversary every year since then.
Dinner at the Elks Lodge
The Payson Elks Club will host its annual veterans dinner consisting of stuffed chicken breast at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.
The dinner charge is $8 per person.
The meal will be followed by a program featuring guest speaker Gen. Bruce Bodin, Assistant Adjutant General Army/Air National Guard. Bodin will talk about what our Guard has done, and is currently doing, in Iraq, plus provide a slide presentation on the Guard.
The Elks Lodge is located on the corner of Airport Road and Highway 87.
For more information, call (928) 474-2572.
Two ceremonies mark Veterans Day
Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, will be marked by two ceremonies in Payson.
The programs, reflecting the theme, "Enduring Freedom," will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Mazatzal Casino and 10 a.m. at Green Valley Park.
"All citizens are invited to join with friends and neighbors to commemorate those who have defended, and continue to defend, the standards and values upon which our country was founded, and renew our resolve in support of our American way of life," wrote Sahno in a press release about the event.
The program at the casino includes a flag raising ceremony, preceded by a welcome and inspirational medley on the bagpipes. Following the flag raising, there will be guest speakers, a moment of silence and a rendition of "Taps."
The Green Valley Park program will feature patriotic music, guest speakers, a prayer, inspirational music on bagpipes, a moment of silence and "Taps."