Photo courtesy of city of Chandler

Chandler’s Military and Veterans Affairs Commission is set to honor approximately 30 high school seniors from the city who plan to enlist in the military upon graduation, accept an ROTC scholarship for higher education, or receive an appointment to one of the nation’s military academies.
The first-ever Military Bound Graduate Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave.

Andy Bass, staff liaison for the Veterans Affairs Commission and deputy city manager, emphasized the importance of expressing gratitude to these high school enlistees: “We want to be the first to say thank you to our high school enlistees and let them know they’re not alone in their choice to serve our nation. They have a community behind them and supporting them as they transition into military service.”

During the ceremony, Mayor Kevin Hartke will individually recognize each graduate and present them with a military coin. Vice Mayor Matt Orlando, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, will also be in attendance to deliver an inspiring message of encouragement and best wishes to the honorees.

Prior to the ceremony, at 6 p.m., there will be light refreshments and information and resources to help families transition from civilian to military life.

Chandler’s Military and Veterans Affairs Commission encourages parents, family members, educators, and veterans to attend the event to honor and support the nation’s newest and youngest service members.

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