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Veterans honored through annual ceremony, flag garden

Post Date:10/23/2017 9:52 AM

For Immediate Release                                                                       

Contact: Amy Bolton, Public Information Officer
Office: (623) 882-7053


Veterans honored through annual ceremony, flag garden

A Tribute to Veterans
Saturday, Nov. 11
2 to 4 p.m.
Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear


Goodyear, Ariz. (Oct. 23, 2017) – The community is invited to join Goodyear officials in the annual Tribute to Veterans ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11. The event takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, with the formal presentation beginning at 3 p.m. with opening remarks by Mayor Georgia Lord. Brig. Gen. Brook J. Leonard, Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, is also scheduled to appear.

Leading up to the event, members of the public can show their support by personalizing a message on a flag and planting it in the interactive flag garden outside of the ballpark at any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10.

Goodyear is proud to be among a coalition of western Maricopa county agencies, known as the West Valley Partners, honored as only one of eight communities across the nation as a 2017 Great American Defense Community. The honor is reserved for those communities actively working to ensure that military families are made to feel welcomed, valued and supported, creating a high quality of life for military families.

The day of tribute will feature a variety of ways to honor our Veterans and their families, including:

  • Patriotic displays
  • Mobile museum
  • Musical performances by organist Bobby Freeman and local school groups

Parking, admission, activities and light refreshments are provided at no charge. For more information, visit or call 623-882-7525.



About Great American Defense Communities
The Great American Defense Communities program was designed to recognize and celebrate communities whose exceptional commitment to improve the lives of service members, veterans and their families serves as a model for all communities. Selected communities are recognized nationally for their efforts and become part of a growing collection of best practices that are defining the gold standard for all to follow.  

About Goodyear
As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, the city of Goodyear is poised to rapidly add to the current population of 78,189. Set in the West Valley of metropolitan Phoenix, the city encompasses 191 square miles. Home to a strong, educated and skilled workforce, Goodyear is well-positioned for growth. Featuring an ideal location, major transportation corridors – Interstate 10 and State Route 303 – reliable infrastructure, abundant land and a low cost of living, Goodyear has already attracted many major employers including Amazon, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, Subzero and the Michael Lewis Company. As the spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians, fans from across the country flock to catch the exciting action at Goodyear Ballpark. A thriving healthcare corridor, anchored by Abrazo West Campus and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, serves not only the community, but the entire region. Supported by a strong median household income of $69,078 and a median age of 36.7 years, the diverse retail, dining and recreation options offer residents choices to enjoy and support the local community. According to the most recent satisfaction survey, 93% of residents rate Goodyear as a good/excellent place to live.