Pima College, parade to honor fallen troops, veterans
Volunteers needed to read names of those killed in wars
Two events this weekend will honor America's active duty military, veterans and those who died serving the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A remembrance service will be held in the courtyard of Pima Community College's Downtown campus and will include the reading of the names of 6,800 Americans who lost their lives, followed by a bell ringing, said PCC spokesman C.J. Karamargin in a press release.
“On this day, we will honor the memory of those men and women who have sacrificed their lives and served their country with honor,” said Jerry Haynes, vice president for student development at the Downtown Campus, in the release.
The reading will begin at 7 a.m. Friday and is expected to take 10 to 12 hours to read all of the names, Karamargin said.
“We welcome all who wish to participate or simply sit with us to remember these heroes. This is the perfect lead into Saturday, when we celebrate all who returned home," said Haynes.
The college is asking for the community's help in the ceremony. Volunteers are needed for reading and bell ringing.
The format will be similar to the reading of the names of those who perished in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said Sharon Arceneaux, administrative assistant to Haynes.
Two readers will alternate reading a names with a bell to follow. Each volunteer will read for 15 minutes, Arceneaux said.
"I am in desperate need of bell ringers from 9:15 to noon," she said in an interview. Volunteers are still needed to read names between 12:45 p.m. and 8 p.m.
"We couldn’t be more proud to acknowledge and celebrate our fellow countrymen and women. These are simple gestures that are long overdue,” Haynes said.
Anyone interested in volunteering can call Haynes' office at 206-7263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCC students and employees also will participate in Tucson's Welcome Home Veterans Parade on Saturday downtown.
The parade, sponsored be local businesses, community groups and nonprofits, will salute veterans and active-duty military members who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, Karamargin said.
The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Stone Avenue and Pennington Street and will travel north on Stone, west on Franklin Street, south on Main Street, east on Alameda Street, then south on Church Avenue back to Pennington and Stone.