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Local Jewish War Veterans post slates special speaker

September 14th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Local Jewish War Veterans post slates special speaker


The development of Veterans Oasis Park Field of Honor from conception to reality will be the topic for the Sept. 18 meeting of the Jewish War Veterans Copper State Post 619.

Mickey Ohland, community services planning manager for the City of Chandler, will address the group in the poolside building of Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd. in Sun Lakes.

Complimentary bagels, lox, and coffee start at 9:30 a.m., followed by the speaker at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited and there is no charge, but to partake in the food, a reservation is required by 5 p.m. Sept. 16 by contacting Joyce Spartonos at joytoyspartonos@aol.com.

Ohland joined the city staff in 1995 as the landscape coordinator for the Community Services Department and then became park planning superintendent and park development and operations manager.

In 2017, he took on the role of community services planning manager.  In this position, he oversees park acquisition, park development and other department wide projects.

Ohland has been involved with the Chandler Veteran’s Memorial Project since its inception in 2008.

Last year, a ribbon-cutting ceremony showcased the City of Chandler’s latest tribute to veterans: the Field of Honor at Veterans Oasis Park.

Located on the southwest corner of Veterans Oasis Park, the Field of Honor at 4050 E Chandler Heights Road pays tribute to the Southeast Valley’s past, present and future veterans. The Field of Honor is the first veterans’ memorial of its size and scope in the Southeast Valley. It honors all veterans from all branches of the U.S. military.

The memorial, made up of stone columns, is designed after the American Flag and is especially beautiful when lit up at night.

The natural, recessed setting within Veterans Oasis Park offers a peaceful space for reflection and a place where individuals, families and groups can express their love and appreciation for our veterans.

Veterans Oasis Park is open to the public 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily. Comprising 113 acres, it includes a playground, water oasis for fishing, walking paths, horse trails and a pavilion which can be rented.

JWV Post 619, which meets the third Sunday of the month from September-June, includes members who represent a wide range of religious affiliations and participates in philanthropic activities to help Jewish and non-Jewish veterans.

Money raised from its poppy drives and fundraising activities enable the Post to fund their mission of supporting hospitalized, at-risk and veterans experiencing homelessness.

Information: Elliott Reiss at 480-802-3281 or ElliottBarb@q.com.