Northern Arizona Chapter
Granite Gate Senior Living Card Project
I asked our members to join me in sending cards and letters to let the residents know that we were thinking about them. One of our members even created homemade cards. The staff put the cards on the food trays to be delivered to the residents rooms. Here’s what Granite Gate Senior Living had to say about our effort. The following was posted on their facebook page:
Heartfelt cards from The Northern Arizona Chapter of the Military Officers to our Residents. This proud group of men and women let our Residents know that we are all in this together and ” this to shall pass”.The cards brought smiles and some tears. We consider the Military Officers part of our Granite Gate Family and thank them for their service to our Country. This thoughtful gesture during this very stressful time was greatly appreciated.
Memorial Day Parade at Granite Gate
Our fearless leader, Sharon Douglas
Our Intrepid Members
The second activity we were involved in was a drive through mini parade on Memorial Day. Granite Gate has many veterans who reside there. The staff always has activities planned to celebrate Memorial Day and their residents. With such strict limitations, the staff reached out to NACMOAA and asked if there was anything we could do. We came up with the idea of a parade through the parking lot of the center. We had 13 members, including 7 of our board members, and 8 vehicles participate. We put patriotic decorations on the cars and trucks, and had patriotic music playing from a CD made especially for this occasion. by one of our members.
The residents were told what time to be out on their balconies. We made 3 passes by the residents’ windows and balconies. They were out waving, some with flags and clapping. It was so heartwarming to see them so excited to be able to celebrate the holiday while staying safe.
On May 25th, ten intrepid members of our Chapter gathered at Granite Gate Senior Living Community, decorated our eight cars and drove around the apartment building honking horns and playing patriotic music provided by Dick Jonas. Pictures taken by Mary Jonas.
From the Field
MOAA chapters give back to their communities through fundraising efforts, community-service projects, scholarship programs, and other initiatives. Here are some recent activities.
The Northern Arizona Chapter recently presented two ROTC and one Junior ROTC scholarships to local students. Recipients were an Army and an Air Force cadet from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) as well as a high school junior from Bradshaw Mountain High School. In addition, the chapter cosponsored the ERAU AROTC Lumberjack Battalion entry in the 2021 Bataan Memorial Death March. All 11 of the cadets finished the 26.2-mile march with 35-pound ruck sacks.