Veterans, Community Celebrate Together



My husband and I were fortunate enough to watch the Veterans Day Parade held in Punkin Center Nov. 11. It was a pleasant surprise to see so many entries -- about 25.

The local V.F.W. Post 8807, the local Kiwanis Club and the Marine Corps League were in charge and did an admirable job of making the rather short, but enthusiastic group express patriotism, honor and sense of duty to all who watched. My husband was chosen to be one of five judges for the best presentation in many categories.


This retired serviceman drove one of the many floats in Punkin Center's Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11. The parade theme was "Saluting Corps and Country."

The most impressive part of the event was the showing of respect for the flag and the servicemen by the residents of the tiny community.

Father and son Navy cruise

Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Charles E. Stailey spent an adventurous five days with his son, Eric, who is a junior grade Navy lieutenant aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. The visit is called the "Navy Tiger Cruise." Stailey left Phoenix Nov. 2 on a flight to Honolulu, Hawaii. The trip is the third time Stailey has been with his son on an aircraft carrier. Eric, who graduated from Payson High School, was raised in Tonto Village.

The younger Stailey had just returned from a third tour in the Persian Gulf. The most recent tour was aboard the USS Princeton, a missile cruiser. The Princeton is assigned to the 11th Carrier Group, which is comprised of a carrier, a submarine, the USS Chaffee, a destroyer, the USS Higgins, and a tanker, the USNS Bridge.

Following the exercise, the senior Stailey received a certified commendation as a Tiger Surface Warfare Specialist. He is a Vietnam veteran and was All-State V.F.W. commander in 1986 and 1987 from Post 9829, Payson. The Tiger Cruise was a memorable experience, he said.

Tonto Village Fire District

The monthly fire board meeting will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at the fire station. The meeting is open to the public, and all residents are urged to attend.


Maurine Kirchhoefer of Tonto Village III will add another candle to her birthday cake on Nov. 19. Maurine is an avid domino diva and plays with the group as much as she can. The group meets every Wednesday at the Tonto Village Chapel at 1 p.m.

The weather has turned pretty chilly, and snow cannot be far behind, which means snowplows coming through the village. There should be no parking in the streets or roads until April 1. This ordinance took effect Nov. 1. As school buses come through the village, it is important to have the roads clear.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers. Please say a special prayer for all the servicemen and women who are serving our country and helping to keep our country safe.

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