Residents of Payson and the Rim Country are urged to take time out next week and participate in ceremonies to thank the area’s veterans.
The Town of Payson Veterans Day program is at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Payson High School auditorium. There will also be a program at the Payson Elks Lodge later in the day.
The Town of Payson’s program is themed “Thank You Veterans” and will include refreshments, welcoming remarks, presentation of colors by the Payson Military Honor Guard, invocation and remarks by Mayor Kenny Evans, Police Chief Don Engler and Fire Chief Marty deMasi.
Additionally, the program will have tributes presented by the students of the Payson High School drama department, music by the Payson Choral Society, a patriotic medley of service hymns. The hymn “Amazing Grace” will also be sung and “Taps” presented.
Following the town’s program, a number of veterans will be treated to lunch at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino courtesy of the Rim Country Classic Auto Club.
The Elks program to raise funds for veterans starts at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11 with a no-host bar, followed by a ceremony, buffet dinner, blind auction, raffles, including one for meat. Veterans will eat for free, the cost for everyone else is $6.50 per person.
For information, call Bud Huffman at (928) 474-4392 or Harry Offerman at (928) 468-3498.
Tonto ‘no fee’ day honors veterans
Tonto National Forest officials announced the final “no fee” day of 2010 will be, Thursday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, in honor of past and present veterans of the armed services.
No Tonto Passes will be required except at the following concessionaire-operated campgrounds: Ponderosa Campground, Sharp Creek Campground, Christopher Creek Campground, Christopher Creek Group Campground, Upper Tonto Campground, Houston Mesa Campground and Houston Mesa Horse Campground.
“This no fee day is a great way to honor our veterans who have helped preserve our country’s freedoms, allowing us to enjoy our national forests,” said Delvin Lopez, public service group leader.
During all other times, the Tonto Pass is required at more than 50 recreation sites including the Salt and Verde river locations, boat launch ramps, swimming areas and campgrounds.