The Rim Country is a restful retreat for many residents who have found their way here — and quite a few are veterans. In fact, there are about 1,400 Rim Country residents enrolled with the Veterans Administration and about 800 using VA services.
Those veterans will be celebrated in ceremonies and special events this weekend.
The Town of Payson Veterans Day program is at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11 at the Payson High School Auditorium. The program will include music, addresses by community leaders and refreshments.
Refreshments will be served prior to the program, which opens with welcoming remarks, followed by Presentation of the Colors by the Payson Military Honor Guard and invocation. Payson Mayor Kenny Evans, Payson Police Chief Don Engler and Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi will address the gathering.
The program will next feature tributes by students from the Payson High School Drama Department, presentations by other students and music by members of the Payson Choral Society. There will be a medley of service hymns, singing of Amazing Grace, Taps and closing remarks.
A special presentation is also planned for the ceremony and the area’s classic car club members will be taking a select number of veterans to lunch.
Elks host veterans
The Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, is hosting area veterans at a dinner Friday, Nov. 11. Cocktail service starts at 4 p.m.; a ceremony will be held at 5 p.m., with a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. for $7 per person — veterans eat for free.
A blind auction, raffle and more, plus karaoke with Larry Ellis will follow. Special honorees will be Butch and Kathy Klein and Lud and Marian Kaftan of Payson Supply Line.
The Crossroads Church invites Rim residents and visitors to stop by from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11 for its celebration of the contributions of current military personnel and veterans.
The program will honor all the branches of the military and the men and women who are serving and have served to keep our great country free and safe. Crossroads Church is at 114 E. Cedar Lane.
Benefit for Veterans Helping Veterans
Tonto Basin will be rocking with music from popular area groups to help raise funds for the Veterans Helping Veterans program. The event starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Butcher Hook and will include a silent auction and great food and music.
Scheduled to perform are John Carpino and Flying Cappuccinos, Junction 87, Anne James, Lynda St. John, John Scott and his band, Rockin’ Ron Gibson and his band.
There is no admission charge, but there will be 50-50 drawings and a silent auction to help Veterans Helping Veterans with expenses.