The Town of Gilbert, in partnership with Merrill-Mitchell American Legion Post 39, will be holding its Ninth Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 on the lawn at the Gilbert Municipal Center to honor and recognize our local Veterans. The guest speaker for this year's ceremony is Rick Romley, President Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, former Maricopa County Attorney.
The Williams Field High School Band will start playing patriotic music at 11:00 AM. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 AM and last for approximately 30 minutes. Following the ceremony, a complimentary lunch will be served to all in attendance. Everyone is invited to attend.
Richard M. Romley
Recognized as a national leader, Rick Romley served four elected terms as the Maricopa County Attorney [1989-2004] and was appointed as interim Maricopa County Attorney during 2010. He was responsible for administering one of the largest prosecuting attorney.s offices in the nation and was responsible for the civil representation for all of county government. He has testified before the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives on the issues of violent crime, terrorism, drug trafficking, youth violence, public corruption and victims. rights. For these efforts, Rick has been the recipient of over 100 awards, including the National Leadership Award presented in Washington D.C. in 1997.
Since leaving office, Rick started his own firm of which he specializes in strategic consulting, issues resolution and legal representation for select clients. Clientele have included former Secretary for Veterans Affairs, James Nicholson, who asked Rick to come to Washington D.C. and be his Personal Advisor to oversee the data loss of personal information for over twenty-six million veterans and to enhance the VA's security protocols and infrastructure. Mr. Romley's select clientele have also included the Arizona Attorney General, Maricopa County, Pinal County and TriWest HealthCare Alliance.
Continuing a 100-year Arizona family tradition, Rick and his wife, Carol, live in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have three sons: Darin, David and Aaron. Rick joined the United States Marine Corps as a youth and served as a combat infantry squad leader in Vietnam until wounded in 1969. Rick received numerous commendations, including the Purple Heart. In 2001, Rick received two additional National Awards for his service in defense of our country: Life's Presidential Unsung Hero Award and America's Outstanding Disabled American Veteran of the Year. Mr. Romley was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame in 2007, and currently serves as its President.
The 1945 vintage PB4Y-2 "Privateer" was a WWII and Korean War era land based patrol bomber as built for the United States Navy. Originally crewed by 11 men, this airplane was an early radar equipped heavy bomber airplane designed to search and destroy ships at sea and land based targets and was used primarily in the Southwest Pacific during WWII.
This airplane, one of 739 built, is the last flying example of 8 survivors left in the United States.
Built too late to see action in World War II, this airplane was transferred from the Navy to the United States Coast Guard, where it served through the late 1950s. This airplane escaped scrapping at Litchfield Park Naval Air Facility in Goodyear, AZ, and was purchased by a Wyoming-based firm that converted it to an aerial firefighting platform. For the next four decades this airplane fought forest fires through the United States working under contract for the US Forest Service.
Retired from firefighting duty in 2002, this airplane was acquired by 4Y-2 LLC of Phoenix, AZ, and is undergoing continual restoration as a flying museum piece.
Gilbert Municipal Center
50 E Civic Center Dr
Gilbert, Arizona 85296