The Anthem Veterans Memorial (AVM) announced two new volunteer programs in August: The Youth Ambassador Program and the adult Admiral’s Club.

“Volunteerism is the heart of the Anthem community. We hope these new Anthem Veterans Memorial programs will enhance the community involvement with our veterans and the Anthem Veterans Memorial educational programming for the years to come. Local businesses and clubs also are invited to join these volunteer efforts,” says Elizabeth Turner, AVM programming director.

YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
The Youth Ambassador Program provides youth volunteers of all ages to participate in the following activities that support the Anthem Veterans Memorial.

Art for Veterans. Youth artists of all ages are encouraged to summit original art that honors veterans. The art may depict the Anthem Veterans Memorial, the military branches, The Great Seal of the United States, veterans, and veterans’ families. It should be patriotic and serve to honor, support, and salute veterans and their families. The art will be photographed for use in future marketing materials for the Anthem Veterans Memorial, including the Veterans Day program, banners, and brochures.

Art may be submitted to the:
Anthem Community Council Office
Attn: Communication Department
3701 W. Anthem Way, Suite 201

Thank You Cards for Veterans. The Anthem Veterans Memorial volunteers give over 2,000 veteran thank you cards to veterans at the Veterans Day ceremony. All students are encouraged to make original thank you cards using common patriotic themes, drawings of the Anthem Veteran Memorial, eagle, flag, military branch seals, etc. Language may include but is not limited to: Thank you for your service. We appreciate you. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Happy Veterans Day. We are grateful for your service, etc.

Cards may be dropped off, no later than Nov. 8, 2022, to the:
Anthem Community Council Office
Attn: Communication Department
3701 W. Anthem Way, Suite 201

Veterans Day Ceremony Volunteers. Youth and/or youth clubs are invited to distribute thank you cards to veterans and ceremony programs to attendees at the Veterans Day ceremony. Teen volunteers are invited to assist in seating, directions, and informational guidance at the Veterans Day ceremony.

Post Ceremony Volunteers are asked to assist after the Veterans Day ceremony by picking up trash and water bottles in the ceremony location following the ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

High School Photographers and Videographers. Videos highlighting community veterans and AVM programming are important to educational outreach. Your talents are needed to capture highlights of the Veterans Day ceremony. All photos will become property of the Anthem Community Council for Anthem Veterans Memorial marketing and media purposes.

Writers for the Salute Our Veterans Program. Aspiring writers are invited to assist in writing veteran-focused stories and poetry honoring veterans and their families.

ADMIRAL’S CLUB
The Admiral’s Club provides adult volunteers to assist in following activities that support the Anthem Veterans Memorial.

AVM Docents. Docents will be instructed on how to provide tours at the AVM, teach classes to youth visiting the AVM, and serve as information sources at the AVM during community events.

Classes at the AVM include Honoring our Veterans, the Symbolism Behind the AVM, POW/MIA Day, Pearl Harbor Day, D-Day, and The Great Seal of the United States, and more.

Sponsorship/Donors. Sponsorship and donors are invited to assist in offsetting the costs of the ceremony.
Educational Speakers. The AVM is always looking for individuals willing to share their service stories and knowledge about military service with youth at classes at the AVM or on educational panels.

Photographers and Videographers. Photographers are needed to capture educational programming and special events at the AVM. Videographers are needed to make original videos on local veterans and AVM educational programming. All video and photos will become property of the Anthem
Community Council for marketing and media purposes.

Gardeners. For those with a green thumb, gardeners are invited to assist in planting or maintaining the AVM flowers.
Ceremony Assistants. Volunteers are invited to assist in setting up chairs on Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. Additional volunteers are invited on Nov. 11 to assist at the information table, assist in directions or answering questions, and to provide information about the AVM. Volunteers are also asked to assist in taking down chairs and stacking them after the ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sponsorship Acquisition. Volunteers are invited to meet with local businesses and contacts to secure Veterans Day ceremony sponsorship to offset the costs of the program.

For more information, reach out to Elizabeth Turner at elizabethturnerus@yahoo.com or 623-640-8417.