Avondale will celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, with “a multifaceted community celebration to honor those who have served our country.”
The city-hosted ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), at the outdoor lawn area on the southeast of the campus. It will include patriotic displays provided by local veteran groups; a formal ceremony recognizing all branches of the military services; guest speakers, and performances by the EMCC Jazz Ensemble.
The day will also feature a Fitness Fun Run that starts at 8:30 a.m. Cost for participation in this run is $30 for military, veterans and those who pre-register online through November 10. Register before October 11, and get your registration for half off: www.estrellamountain.edu/vetfunrun . Event day registration is $35. All active duty and veterans get a discount, for a fee of $11.11.
Following the run is a “Warrior’s Breakfast” at 9 a.m., cooked by EMCC’s own culinary students. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.
Entertainment includes a Kid Zone where children 3 to 10 can bowl, finger paint, complete an obstacle course, and get their faces painted. The Trio Salado Jazz Quartet featuring Kurt Hauser, EMCC Music Adjunct Faculty, will also perform prior to the ceremony.
Cost: Registration is free for military members and veterans ( $11.11 fee to receive a T-shirt and swag bag.)
Proceeds benefit EMCC’s Veterans Increasing Persistence Program (VIPP). The program, which launched in 2017, is designed to assist veterans in financial situations that may prevent them from going to school or completing a degree.
To register for the fun run and breakfast or for more information, visit estrellamountain.edu/vetfunrun.