Saturday, November 7, 2009

Veterans Day 2009 in Mesa

The City of Mesa will be honoring our nation's veterans with several
different events on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The Mesa Veterans Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. There will be more than
90 entries celebrating this year's theme "Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans."

The parade will begin on Center Street at 3rd Place and will travel south on
Center Street to 1st Avenue. Street closures will begin as early as 8:30
a.m. At 10 a.m., Main Street will close between Country Club and Mesa
Drive. However, local access will be maintained from Country Club to
Macdonald and from Mesa Drive to Sirrine. Also at 10 a.m., Center Street
will close between Main Street and 2nd Avenue while 1st Avenue will close
from Macdonald to Sirrine. All streets should reopen to normal traffic at 1

The Boy Scouts of America, Troop #773, will be setting up flags on the
graves of veterans buried at the Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., near
sunrise and remove them near sunset. The Boy Scouts will prepare a site
next to the grave to display a flag. To order a flag or for more
information, please contact Jonathon Crosby at (480) 390-4536. A suggested
annual donation of $40 to the troop will help cover the costs for the flags
and add to their camp fund, allowing the boys to attend summer camp and
participate in other scouting activities.

The First Annual Veteran Invasion will begin at 1 p.m. in the Theatre
District at Mesa Riverview as a day-long festival and concert in celebration
of Veterans Day. Sponsored by the Veteran Tickets Foundation, activities
will include a "GI obstacle course," Patriot Guard ride, displays from area
vendors and nonprofit organizations and live music at Toby Keith's I Love
This Bar and Grill.

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