If you follow me at all, you know that just about every Friday, my mom takes me to the Anthem Veteran’s Memorial Park to visit the grass. It’s one of my most favorite things to do! I love seeing other dogs, saying hi to fans and rolling around in the cool grass.
Recently, though, mom took me up on a Thursday. I was quite confused and thought perhaps I lost a day. Was I slipping? When we arrived at the Anthem Veterans Memorial Park there off Anthem Way east, the parking lot was packed. I’ve never seen so many people at my park!
Parking was still free, but we had to use the very back lot. No bother to me; more to sniff! Woof. We walked a different route than normal, so I had to stop and check messages left and tell them “Kuma was here!”
As we made our way to the actual Veteran Memorial area, there were hundreds of chairs filled with humans. Two big screens were put up with lots of speakers. We could hear everything being said, like how the math used for this monument is now being taught in schools. The guy is a genius!
Mom told me this was a day to support and celebrate our Veterans…those who have served our country. That’s why I had my American Flag bowtie on…got it. Each branch of the military had some time to speak and be acknowledge. We arrived around 10 am, but you would probably want to show up earlier next year to get a good spot.
We continued to walk around and found some shade under a tree. Patriotic songs were played, and exactly at 11:11 am on November 11, the sun came through each of the monuments and illuminated the eagle medallion. It was quite spectacular, and Luke’s Air Force Base flew over with their jets.
We humbly thank all those who have given and sacrificed for our country! This ceremony is worth the trip, so put it on your calendar for next year.
Then this weekend, mom and dad took me back to Anthem on Saturday. What was going on? This time, I had my Thanksgiving bandana on and friends joined us. We parked at the Anthem Outlets (Anthem Way westside of the I-17 freeway) and walked around checking out some of the new Christmas decorations.
I remember this place. I came and saw Santa Paws a couple of years ago. FYI, they will once again have photo ops for your pets here. Check their schedule HERE.
Anyway, the big Christmas tree, which is the very tallest in the entire western region of the United States was up, and we were waiting for the lights to come on. The 70-foot tall and 20-feet wide free has 10,000 lights and 5,000 ornaments on it. Mom read that there would be Christmas caroling and local dancers, so we parked ourselves on the grass and anticipated the activities.
Santa showed up, but we couldn’t hear a word he said. The mic didn’t work, and we couldn’t see him due to the crowds (not as busy as the memorial celebration). Next thing we knew, we heard the countdown from 6-5-4-3-2 and 1. BAM! The Christmas tree was lit. It is very pretty, but before we could take it all in, everyone got up. They folded up their chairs, and they left. Wait…what?
Apparently, that was it. No singing, and no dancers. Nada. Mom was very disappointed. Me, I was good. I got to walk around and say hi to people. But we all agreed, it was a bust. Poorly organized and definitely not what they said it would be. So, we won’t be attending that again, but if you want to see the tree, it will be lit now through the end of the year. Don’t expect too much shopping as many of the stores didn’t survive the shutdown.
This is Thanksgiving week, and even though some adventures don’t go as planned, I am extremely grateful to have my family to do them with! We live in an amazing place and much to be thankful for, and that includes YOU, my readers. So, I wish you and yours a healthy, safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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