More Than 100 Guests Expected By Marines

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The U.S. Marine Corps' 228th anniversary celebration is next month.

The 26-member Payson Marines, also known as the Rim Country Detachment of the Marine Crops League, will mark the event with a dinner and dance at the Mazatzal Casino Saturday, Nov. 8, starting at 6 p.m.

"We're expecting 100 plus," said Rich Roy, who is taking the reservations for the event. Call him at (928) 474-9559 by Nov. 4 to reserve a place at the dinner and traditional cake-cutting ceremony. 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 the dance only, 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 by 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.

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