The annual Induction Ceremony of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame will take place 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the El Zaribah Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St. in Phoenix. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Unified Arizona Veterans, Inc., located in Phoenix, Arizona, and recognized by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society, and the Office of the Governor. The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony recognizes and honors Arizona veterans who have honorably served their country through military service and who have continued to serve and inspire their fellow citizens with deeds and accomplishments throughout their lifetime. This will be the 12th class of veterans inducted since 2001.
This year’s Induction Ceremony will recognize the Class of 2012:
Kelsey A. Begaye, Kaibeto, US Army veteran
Judith S. Beischel, Fountain Hills, US Coast Guard veteran
Ronald R. Capek, Glendale, US Army veteran
Bennett T. “Tom” Dingwall, Sierra Vista, US Army veteran
Linda A. Fulkerson, Mesa, US Navy veteran
John C. Keegan, Peoria, US Army and US Navy veteran
Kathleen A. Laurier, Phoenix, US Navy veteran
Earl W. Milford, Fort Defiance, US Army veteran
Ronald J. Perkins, Chandler, US Air Force veteran
Herbert E. Pierpan, Scottsdale, US Marine Corps veteran
Luis R. Salaverria, Sierra Vista, US Army veteran
Lionel Sanchez, Phoenix, US Marine Corps and US Army veteran
Robert E. Sloncen, Wellton, US Coast Guard veteran
Robert B. Strain, Sierra Vista, US Air Force veteran
Ronald D. Tucker, Anthem, US Navy veteran
Shirley Vega, Chandler, US Army veteran
Patrick R. Young, Glendale, US Navy veteran
Samuel E. “Sam” Young, Jr. Glendale, US Air Force veteran
Veterans and the public are invited to the Induction Ceremony, which includes lunch. The cost is $35 per person until Sept. 30. From Oct. 1 to 19, the lunch cost changes to $45. To make reservations, or to obtain additional details about the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon, visit www.AVHOF.org.
Veterans and the public who do not have access to the website should forward names, lunch entrée choices (Roast Beef/Teriyaki Chicken/Grilled Vegetables over Pasta), and check or money order payable to AVHOFS no later than Oct. 19 to: Treasurer Jesse Gersten, c/o Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society, 4980 S. Alma School Road, Suite A2-619, Chandler, AZ 85248.
All lunches are pre-paid, lunches, and will not be sold at the Induction Ceremony event. For general information about the Induction Ceremony and Luncheon, contact Carol Culbertson, Secretary, Unified Arizona Veterans, at 602-943-7834; or Lew Bradley, Chair, Unified Arizona Veterans, at 480-732-1687.