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Oct. 23, 2016

This Veterans Day, help us honor those who serve

By Mayor Jay Tibshraeny

It’s already been a busy autumn, and there’s plenty left for Chandler residents to stay busy.
 
Last fall, we successfully combined three popular events to bring a day of fun and interesting information to Chandler families through the Mayor’s Safety and Veterans Expo (SAVE). This year’s event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11. It will be held at Veterans Oasis Park, located at the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads. And, because that is Veterans Day, we will hold a very special ceremony at 11:11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial just outside the park to honor those who have served our country so selflessly.
 
The SAVE Expo is a free event for the entire family. Participants can learn about personal and property safety, fire and crime prevention methods and a host of do-it-yourself project tips from various City departments. Veterans can meet with a host of organizations providing education and benefits. Public safety vehicles will also be on display, and several food trucks will be on site selling a variety of culinary delights.
 
At 11:11 a.m., we will hold a ceremony that will include several veterans groups, our Police Department Honor Guard and our Fire, Health and Medical Department’s Pipe and Drum Team. It should be a very special event and I encourage you to attend.
 
Protecting this country through military service is an honorable duty. Many have taken that responsibility to heights most of us could not imagine. I look forward to honoring them all on Nov. 11. For more information on the SAVE event, visit chandleraz.gov/connect.
 
A couple of other events in November have become time-honored traditions with our residents. After the SAVE event, stop by Tumbleweed Park for this year’s Chuck Wagon Cook Off. It will be Day 2 of the event and it wraps up at 4 p.m. For details on the 8th annual Cook Off, visit chandlermuseum.org for all the details.
 
WoofStock celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday, November 18 at Tumbleweed Park. The free, family and pet friendly event runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and includes demonstrations, plenty of food and merchant vendors, as well as a number of nonprofit organizations that concentrate on the welfare of animals. Donations will also be accepted to help displaced animals from Hurricane Irma after it battered the Florida coast. Mark your calendars and join us as we celebrate all things Chandler.