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Vallarta Veterans Day Memorial

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Whether you are visiting Mexico or have made it your home, there are certain traditions you don’t want to lose.

For many expats and members of American Legion, Veteran’s Day is one of those traditions, as is Remembrance Day (also known as ‘Poppy Day’ or ‘Armistice Day’), a Memorial Day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

To honor service members of the U.S. and Canadian armed forces, the American Legion and Jay Sadler Project are organizing a Veteran’s / Remembrance Day memorial on Monday, November 11th. The event will take place at 11:00 am at Parque Hidalgo, located on Calle Peru at Jesus Langarica in downtown Puerto Vallarta, with the Mexican Navy Zone Color Guard performing with their drum and bugle corps. Coffee, pastry and water will be provided starting at 10:30 am, courtesy of the Jay Sadler Project.

Attending dignitaries include: Jalisco’s U.S. Consular General, Robin Mathewman from Guadalajara; Kelly Trainor, U.S Consular Agent-Vallarta; Berniece Guzman, Director D.I.F,.; Dennis Rike, Jay Sadler Project and Nick Scott, Commander Post 14; and Bill Guillermo Martineau, Canadian Legion Past President.

A special thanks to the production crew: Jim Mawdesley, Jim Ranallo, Donna Wong, DIF municipal government, Jay Sadler, the Culture Department, US Consular Agent Vallarta and Mexican Honor Guard & Band Navy Zone led by Capitan Magan. “The Last Post” by Barrie Valleau on trumpet.

Holly Campbell provided poppies via Billy Bishop/ Kerrisdale Legion, Vancouver, BC. With a 70-year history of serving the rich community of Kits Point through their core mandate, they recognize the vital role of the arts to this community. In support of that community, their commitment to the future includes an enhanced relationship in part by offering flexible and affordable creative space.

In other news, the Annual Puerto Vallarta Chili Cook Off will be held at the Parque Parota (Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio LB, Fluvial Vallarta) on February 22, 2020. For more information email Chairman Jim Sullivan at jim(at)pvchilicookoff.com.

A registered Charitable Organization operating in the Puerto Vallarta area, the Jay Sadler Project provides many maintenance support services such as painting, construction and electrical to needy organizations and playgrounds. In 2018 – 38 projects were completed and in 2019 45 is the number. This year 2673 people have benefited monthly or 32,076 annually. The Project also operates fundraising projects for various local charities throughout the year. For more information visit jaysadlerproject.com.

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