Highland’s first Veterans Day event, honoring the men and women serving the U.S. armed forces, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, at Highland Community Park, 7793 Central Ave.

Planning for the event is more than a year in the making as a group of residents and community leaders formed a planning committee in 2020 to create an event for Highland to celebrate and honor America’s service men and women as a community.

The inaugural event was originally planned for 2020 but was postponed due to coronavirus safety protocols prohibiting public gatherings in late-2020.

The event was modeled after a Memorial Day event held at the Redlands Bowl in 2019 and organized with the help of the Highland-resident James Morales Jr. and the Highland Music Co., which performed at the patriotic event.

Festivities for the family-oriented Veterans Day event will begin at 1:30 p.m. The day will include a patriotic agenda, special guest veterans as well as local dignitaries. The Highland Music Company along with others will be performing live music. Immediately following the ceremonial events and festivities will be an open house along with food and music at the American Legion Post 421, 28309 E. Highland Ave., Highland.

“Veterans have been instrumental to the freedom and values we enjoy in our country today and it is important to honor and show our gratitude,” stated the 2021 Planning Committee.

The 2021 Planning Committee would like to extend thanks on behalf of all who are acting to make this event a success. Currently, the Highland City Council, American Legion Post 421, the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce and many others are in support of this inaugural event and the committee hopes others will join in the efforts as well.

The committee must raise $5,500 to finance this event and currently has approximately $1,000 in sponsorships. Residents can help meet the funding goal by making tax-deductible donation to the American Legion Post 421 2021 Veterans Day Event. For more information, sponsorship opportunities and other possibilities to become a part of this collaboration, contact James Morales Jr. at highlandmusiccompany@gmail.com or any member of the committee.

The 2021 Committee is Highland Mayor Penny Lilburn, East Valley Water District Chairman David E. Smith, James Morales (SMSgt USAF Ret.), Hosea Taylor (CMSgt USAF Ret.), American Legion Unit 421 Auxiliary President Chris Marin, East Highlands Ranch MHOA President Fred Yauger, Jeff Novak (USMC), Highland Area Chamber of Commerce President Ryan Volkommer, Jody Scott (Jody Scott Tax & Notary) and James Morales Jr. (Highland Music Company).

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