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Remember and honor veterans – one wreath at a time

Ed Davis The American Legion Auxiliary Oro Valley Unit 132 proudly supports Wreaths Across America, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to remember and honor those who have served our nation in uniform. By offering wreath sponsorships to the public, Wreaths Across America hopes that one day every veteran’s interment site will be adorned…

Celebrating our veterans

Nationally recognized speaker, Emerson Knowles, will be celebrating our veterans.

Barbara Barr The SaddleBrooke Clubhouse will be adorned with American flags as the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke honors area veterans on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 11:30 a.m. The annual celebration will include an incredible buffet, an honor color guard, and program by well-known speaker and Rotarian, Emerson Knowles. Each year, more than 100 veterans, guests, and…

Thanks to our Veterans

John’s most challenging experience was in Special Operations: “Operation Desert Rock” at Frenchman Flat, NV, an atomic bomb testing grounds. His unit was the first to be involved in a live detonation. In six-foot trenches, two thousand feet from the blast, it felt like a hurricane and an earthquake when the first blast, a fireball, on the tower exploded. John was in a crouch position in the trench, with x-ray goggles on, and could see all the bones in his body. Then everything around them was sucked up, and the trench was covered with debris and dirt. They had to dig themselves out. Afterwards, they were decontaminated and checked for radiation regularly.

Jan Christensen Battle Cry, a 1955 movie based on Leon Uris’ own World War II experiences, inspired John and six of his Bryan, OH high school buddies to think about enlisting in the Marine Corps. Since there was a need to beef up enlistments after the Korean War, a two-year enlistment program was made available to…

2019 Veterans Day display

One of the Veteran's Day picture boards from 2017.

Carol Andrews For the last five years at the Ranch, we’ve honored our veterans on Veterans Day by displaying their pictures on large boards. We’re doing it again this year. We still have the pictures from previous years, but if you’re a veteran and either new to the Ranch or haven’t participated in the past,…

Help our local veterans

  The award-winning American Legion Oro Valley Post 132 is sponsoring its tenth annual charity golf tournament on Saturday, August 31, at “The Views” in Sun City, Oro Valley. One hundred percent of the proceeds are to provide care and assistance to local homeless and at-risk veterans and to the families of the deployed soldiers…

Healing Vets presents Hooked on Healing Veterans Ride February 23

This to rapidly growing ride raises funds that go support our returning wounded veterans. One hundred percent of our ride proceeds go to the Phoenix program of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a not-for-profit dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities…

Thanks to our vets

Jan Christensen As a small child growing up in Puerto Rico, Juanita heard stories about the French Foreign Legion and decided at an early age that she wanted the adventure of a life in the military. Her parents, both U.S. college professors, did all they could to discourage a career path in the military. West…

Join the mission

  Wreaths Across America is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to remember and honor those who have served our nation and teach others to do the same. By offering sponsorships to the public, Wreaths Across America hopes that one day every veteran’s interment site will be adorned with a wreath. Last year the…

Veterans honored on Veterans Day – submit your photos

This is the fifth year we’ve honored our veterans on Veterans Day at the Ranch by displaying their pictures on a large board. Last year it grew to two boards. We’re doing it again this year. We still have the pictures from previous years, but if you’re a veteran and either new to the Ranch…