BULLHEAD CITY — The Tri-state began more than a week of honoring veterans with Saturday’s Paul Walsh Memorial Veterans Parade. The celebration of veterans and observance of Veterans Day continues today and runs through Nov. 17.
Two Bullhead City schools will honor veterans today with assemblies. All area veterans are invited to both a 10 a.m. assembly in the gymnasium at Mohave High School and a 1:30 p.m. gathering at Bullhead City Middle School. All current and former members of all branches of the United States military will be recognized at both events.
The high school assembly is an annual event, under the direction of the MHS Air Force Junior ROTC program. Guest speaker will be former Laughlin Town Advisory Board member Pamela Walker, who retired from the U.S. Air Force after 21 years of active duty, serving as a mechanic, flight engineer, pilot and flight instructor. Walker served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield. She also managed a team responsible for training NASA employees.
Members of the MHS Junior ROTC will perform demonstrations at both assemblies and each school choir will perform the national anthem.
At the middle school assembly, the first organized by the school, veterans and students will have an informal question-and-answer session, followed by a reception for the veterans.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall has arrived at Tropicana Laughlin, where it will be on display through Sunday. The wall was escorted from the Laughlin American Legion Post 60 to the north parking lot at the Tropicana on Wednesday.
The display gives area residents a chance to pay their respects to American servicemembers killed in action during the Vietnam War.
Other events include:
• The Men of Fire Motorcycle Club and U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club will conduct a charity poker run on Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. Nevada time (9 a.m. Arizona time) at the Tropicana Laughlin. Proceeds will go to the River Fund and Veterans Resource Fund to aid area veterans, especially those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Registration is at the Tropicana, starting at 8 a.m., and will continue throughout the morning.
Among the stops on the poker run is AMVETS Post 19 in Fort Mohave, where Sons of AMVETS will be selling wood-fired barbecue pulled pork sandwiches and fixings starting at 11 a.m. There also will be a raffle. All money raised will go toward purchase of an Action Track Wheelchair for a veteran in the Tri-state. AMVETS Post 19 is at 4310 Highway 95 in Fort Mohave.
• Also on Saturday, VFW Post 6306 of Topock will commemorate Veterans Day with activities at Golden Shores Community Park and the post. A ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. After the service, breakfast will be served at the post, 12858 Oatman Highway, until noon. Other events are planned throughout the day.
• On Sunday, Desert Lawn Cemetery in Mohave Valley will conduct its annual Veterans Day service at 11 a.m. and will have events through 3 p.m.
The cemetery is conducting a fundraiser for Operation 6: Arnold Place, the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council’s efforts to turn Arnold Place in Kingman into a veterans center.
Also at Desert Lawn, there will be a “pets for vets” intiative, conducted by SAINT and the Bullhead City Animal Care & Welfare Department. Other activities also are planned.
• Also on Sunday, Bullhead City American Legion Post 87 will observe a moment of silence at 11:11 a.m. — the 11th minute of the
11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — followed by a toast in honor of Armistice Day, the official end of Word War I 100 years ago.
Post 87 is at 2249 Clearwater Drive, near Arizona Veterans Memorial Park.
At noon, the post will hold its second annual Veterans Day ceremony, open to the public. Guest speaker will be John Pynakker, president and CEO of the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce and a U.S. Army veteran.
Following the ceremony, food will be served in the post dining room. There is no charge, but donations are accepted.
• Laughlin American Legion Post 60, VFW Post 243 and their auxiliaries will conduct the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Flag Plaza at Fisherman’s Access in Laughlin. Fisherman’s Access is between the Laughlin Bridge and Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino.
The Laughlin observance begins at 11 a.m. Nevada time (noon Arizona time), and includes the reading of the winning entries in Post 243’s Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Competition, by seventh-grader Jason Wymbs and eighth-grader Rami Yousef.
• Another veterans poker run, conducted by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Colorado River Chapter 32-7, will be held Nov. 17, starting at American Legion Post 87 in Bullhead City. The run begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. at VFW Post 10005, 1611 E. Marble Canyon Drive, in Bullhead City. Proceeds will benefit the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council.
• Eighteen new banners on Heroes Highway, a stretch of Highway 95 in Bullhead City, will be unfurled for Veterans Day, part of the Tri-State Military Moms recognition program conducted in cooperation with the City of Bullhead City.
Active-duty military members being honored with the new banners include Jesus Chavira, Victoria Doss, Michael Larson and Jordan Marr, U.S. Air Force; Christopher Evans, Carter Groover, Cadonny Hill, Daniel F. Johnson, Zachary Luna, Alejandro Magana, Joseph McNelly and Christus Toft, U.S. Army; Gregory Gagnan, Garrett Gagnan, Tyler Hayward, Allyn Uttecht and Stacy Uttecht, U.S. Navy; and Tyler Potter, U.S. Marine Corps.