The Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military & Veterans Affairs Committee has partnered with Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers to host the 2019 Military Induction Ceremony.
The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Calvary Community Church, 6060 W. Bell Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the free, public event.
Officials from the U.S. Armed Services and local organizations will salute the enlistment decision made by local high school students to join the military.
New recruits will be honored with a ceremonial stole, a presentation of their first challenge coin, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Office of the Mayor, a ceremonial administering of oath, and a musical tribute.
“This ceremony is a way for the community to honor the inductees and reassure the families that there is a community supporting them and their military family members. I am proud of how much this event has grown since it began three years ago and can’t believe we will have over 200 participants this year.” Weiers said.
Lin Sue Cooney, director of community engagement for Hospice of the Valley and former 12News TV anchor, will be the mistress of ceremony at the event.
“Individuals making a commitment to join the military deserve our utmost respect. Our country’s strength and image are promoted worldwide by members of our Armed Forces,” said Dr. Jeff Turney, chairman of the Military & Veterans Affairs Committee. “Glendale will always be their home and we are honored to have them represent us.”
This event is made possible by donations from businesses and community patrons. Salt River Project, Sands Chevrolet, Waltz Construction, Midwest Energy and Ideal Insurance have donated donations to support the event, along with community patrons of event host Calvary Community Church and printing sponsor Alphagraphics.
To donate, contact the chamber at 623-937-4754.
For more information visit glendaleazchamber.org/military-affairs.