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4th annual Tempe Community Salutes recognizes future military service members

Post Date:04/12/2018

Every year, hundreds of young men and women in Arizona make the important decision to serve our country in the armed forces. More than 50 will be recognized right here in our city. Tempe Community Salutes is an annual celebration to recognize and salute future military service members, and to give these men, women and their families the hometown sendoff they deserve.  

This year’s Community Salutes will take place at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Monday, April 30 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.  

“These young men and women deserve our support, our encouragement and our gratitude as they begin their service to our country,” said Vice Mayor and U.S. Army Veteran Robin Arredondo-Savage. “We hope this celebration will show them how much we value their contributions to our community and to our nation. We want them to stay connected to their hometown and bring their talents back to Tempe once their duty has been completed.”  

During the April 30 ceremony, each student will receive a First to Say Thank You coin and military stole to wear at their high school graduation ceremonies. There will be remarks from:  

  • Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell
  • Col. Wanda Wright, retired U.S. Air Force and Director of Arizona Department of Veterans Services
  • Sgt. First Class Matthew P. Vinson, U.S. Army and Bronze Star recipient 

The program will include performances by AZ State Historian Marshall Trimble and the lead singer of SugarWater Wade Cota, the Arizona National Guard 108th Army Band and the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard.  

This will be the fourth year of Tempe Community Salutes, which was the vision of Vice Mayor Arredondo-Savage. It was the first program of its kind in the state, modeled after the national Our Community Salutes organization, which honors high school seniors who have already enlisted.   

The City of Tempe would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this year’s event: 

Title Sponsor – Salt River Project  

Military Stole Sponsor -- Opus Development

Challenge Coin Sponsor – Wexford Developments

Stars and Stripes sponsors

Sender Associates

Cousins Properties

Spike Lawrence Ventures

Gorman & Company

Waste Management

U.S. Army

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MEDIA CONTACT: Melissa Quillard, 480-350-8805,

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