Veterans Memorial Board
The mission of the Peoria Memorial Veterans Board is to create ways to recognize veterans sacrifice; build support within the community for veterans and current military members; and provide support for local veterans.
ActiVet Program at Rio Vista Recreation Center
Veteran of the Quarter
Do you have an old American flag?
The Peoria Fire Department is now offering a solution to residents while partnering to honor our Veterans. This new program that is lead by Retired Peoria Fire Captain John Davirro will collect flags from fire stations and deliver them to Heritage Funeral Home. There the flags will be used to cover the caskets of Veterans who are being cremated, making sure both the Veteran and the flag are properly honored.
Drop-off boxes are located just inside the front lobby doors of the stations and will be available to the public everyday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Remember a Veteran, Thank a Veteran
Peoria: A Great Place for Veterans
I would like to thank the board members and all of the organizations for all they do to support our Veterans in the City of Peoria.
For the previous year and a half it has been my honor to serve as the Chairman of the Peoria Veteran’s Memorial Board. Each of the members of the board has talents that support the board’s mission to recognize, honor and assist veterans. In the course of the previous two years the number of participants at our largest event, the 5K race in November, has grown. More importantly each member has found a way to dedicate themselves to our organization and organizations with similar missions to assist veterans in Peoria, the West Valley and the State. Our members have partnered with the Elks Club to provide Veterans Affairs benefits and services books to assist veterans in navigating the VA system. They have attended city events with a military theme to answer questions and raise awareness for our Memorial Wall, which is still a major emphasis of the Board and continues to be a work in progress.
- Reed Weber has been instrumental in starting and sustaining veterans’ organizations on college campuses in the valley.
- Anthony Irby continues to help homeless veterans cross Arizona.
- Ken Lambert works with multiple nonprofit organizations who reach out to veterans that need assistance in getting back on their feet.
- Chuck Strange is deeply rooted in the community working with Elks Club, American Legion and for profit businesses that support veterans.
- Our newest member Russ Lachance has worked on multiple projects with Westbrook Village to support veterans, including a dinner that honors World War Two veterans.
- We also have two very dedicated members of the City of Peoria staff who take care of the day to day operations of the board. Their service and dedication are what makes the board functional.
- Finally I would like to thank Lisa Wakefield for her wisdom, guidance and effort while serving on the board. Her term ends in December and we would like to thank her for all she has done for the city of Peoria.
These board members and their partners truly make Peoria a veteran friendly city. Come out and say hello to any of our Board Members on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Rio Vista Community Park, 8866 West Thunderbird Road at 8:30 a.m., or plan to be a part of our 5K race event.
Benjamin Geiger, Chairman
Peoria Veterans Memorial Board