8th annual CELEBRATION OF VETERANS
Saturday, November 9 @ 11:00am
ADMISSION IS FREE - No tickets or reservations required.
SCERA Center for the Arts
745 South State Street, Orem, UT 84058
Join us for an inspiring, entertaining and patriotic event at the SCERA Center for the Arts featuring patriotic presentations, special guests and a variety of musical performances in a USO-style show. A moving event for veterans and families of all ages! Groups from senior center and assisted living centers are welcome and encouraged to attend. Here's our lineup for 2013:
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Captain Mark J. Buffington
A ten-year veteran of the Utah Army National Guard, CPT Buffington is currently serving as the Company Commander of the 214th Forward Support Company. He is a trained multifunctional logistics and field artillery officer. He served with the 1st of the 145th Field Artillery Battalion in Iraq from 2007 to 2008. CPT Buffington has been awarded 2 Army Commendation Medals, The Army Achievement Medal, 4 Overseas Training Ribbons, The Good Conduct Medal, The Overseas Service Medal, The Iraq Campaign Ribbon, The Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, The Service Ribbon, and the Utah Achievement Ribbon. For the past four years CPT Buffington has been the Regional Team Leader for the Utah Community Covenant and Joining Community Forces Initiative. A ten year resident of the City of Orem and Graduate of Utah Valley University, Captain Buffington is married to his lovely wife Stephanie and has four children.
There will also be a welcome from Orem City Mayor Jim Evans, comments from veteran and beloved Orem resident Gareth Seastrand, The Parade of Service Flags from American Legion Post 72, and musical performances from The Osmond Sisters; The Bluth Sisters, Shawn Mortensen singing "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables, SCERA's 2013 Celebrity Vocal Competition winners Bronwyn Reed and Rebekah Willey, and SCERA's national award-winning high school company Acting Up will perform a song and dance medley from the musical Hairspray. The Orem Heritage Museum will also be open for free tours and refreshments after the event, and the museum features a whole room filled with incredible military and veterans displays.