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Pine resident, Richard Hafford (center), got a surprise at Sky Harbor Airport when sister Marie Nicoll (holding portrait) returned portrait from 1969 and had Marines on hand to welcome him home - 41 years after serving in combat in Vietnam. It’s never too late to thank a veteran for their service to our country.

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Take time to thank veterans on Friday

On this day set aside to honor veterans, I thank the veterans who live in Pine and Strawberry, and all veterans who served the U.S., for the sacrifices you made and the freedoms you upheld. Happy Veterans Day. Next Friday, Nov. 18, the Pine Strawberry School will honor veterans with a student-led Awards/Veterans Assembly and Flag Ceremony at 8:15 a.m. in the school gym at 3868 N Pine Creek Dr. All veterans and the community are invited. Let’s support our great students and veterans. Returning soldiers put their life on the line for us, but regretfully, not all were welcomed home with parades and open arms.

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