Photos courtesy of Anthem Community Council

During the Veterans Day Ceremony held November 11, the Anthem Community Council (ACC) recognized Dennis Salisbury as the recipient of the 2023 Anthem Veterans Service Award. Created by the ACC in 2013 and presented annually, the award recognizes an individual or group demonstrating “extraordinary service and selfless dedication in support of our nation’s veterans.”

His role as a veteran leader in the North Phoenix community began many years ago. Salisbury is one of those veterans who knows only how to say “yes” or “how may I help” and his involvement spans veteran event and activity in Anthem for years, including the Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies, visits to veterans at the federal penitentiary, working with Youth for Troops on many projects, and helping veteran families in need.

Sourced from the nomination, Salisbury’s contributions made an impact, “Because of this individual’s tireless hours and selfless dedication in support of our veterans, Anthem is a much greater place. The Anthem Veterans Memorial activities are elevated due to his assistance and countless veterans have been positively honored, supported, and saluted by him in ways we may never know.”

A plaque with the names of all recipients is on display at the Anthem Civic Building. Past winners, selected annually by the ACC Board of Directors based on nominations submitted from the community, include Daisy Mountain Veterans, Ray Norris, Mary Ann Derryberry, Liz Turner, Bob Hackett, John Simmons, Tom Kirk, and Ron Tucker.

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