Heard Museum’s annual Veterans Day tribute features former U.S. Surgeon General

Join veterans groups, color guards, performers and speakers at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial on the grounds of the Heard Museum for a special sunset tribute to veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

The tribute will be 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, followed by a reception commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War inside the museum’s Steele Auditorium, according to a press release.

Richard Carmona

Richard Carmona

Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th surgeon general of the United States and distinguished professor at the University of Arizona, is the featured speaker at the event at the museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix.

After the ceremony, attendees are invited to the Steele Auditorium for a 6 to 8 p.m. commemorative reception presented by Chapter 432 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Wanda Wright, director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, will give remarks at this reception.

Earlier in the day, observe Vietnam-era artists painting in the Central Courtyard and enjoy music performed by the Larry Redhouse Trio from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Service and sacrifice spanning more than three centuries are honored in the first and only known national memorial to American Indian veterans of many conflicts, the release stated. The memorial consists of several sizable sculptures by acclaimed Native artists.

This event is free and open to the public; RSVPs required at http://heard.org/event-tickets/. E-mail mmonenerkit@heard.org for more information.

This event is organized in partnership with Chapter 432 of the Vietnam Veterans of America with funding provided by the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, the Chickasaw Nation and Red Cloud Food Services. The American Indian Veterans National Memorial was built in 2012 with support from Tri-West Healthcare Alliance, Kitchell and John Douglas Architects.

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