Check back soon (and often) for photos of events and activities hosted and/or attended by Mesquite Veterans Center members and friends.
On Sunday, September 19, 2021, two local WWII Heroes had their chance to fly in a 1944 Boeing Stearman biplane at St. George Regional Airport. These Dream Flights are part of the Operation September Freedom, 2021, Ageless Angels barnstorming events across the U.S.
Darryl Fisher, Founder and President of Dream Flights is Mesquite’s President, Mission Senior Living at Mesa Valley Estates. Dream Flights Mission: “Dream Flights is dedicated to honoring military veterans and seniors with the adventure of a lifetime: a flight in a Boeing Stearman biplane. As we make these heroes wishes come true, our Dream Flights inspire them to share their stories. We collect, preserve and share those stories of how they survived through time of great strife to remind us of our shared humanity, our connection to each other and the value of listening. Our Dream Flights close the generation gap and open us up to a clearer understanding of ourselves and our world.”
Please enjoy these exhilarating photos of two heroes enjoying the day.
Bud Lade WWII Hero (solid blue polo shirt)
Richard Bowers WWII Hero (blue plaid shirt)
Their smiles say it ALL!!! God Bless these Heroes, and God Bless America! Thank You Dream Flights!!Visit their Website at dreamflights.org
6/1/2021 Michael Parks, US Navy, Vietnam Veteran, visited the Mesquite Veterans Center. He donated a uniform and a beautiful framed collage of his Parents, Clarence and Mary Parks with several military memorabilia items included in the frame. Special thanks to Michael Parks for this wonderful donation. It will be displayed proudly very soon.
5/31/2021 The Kokopelli ATV Group dedicated proceeds from their Memorial Day Ride to the Mesquite Veterans Center. What a great group! Thanks to ALL (Dominic, Leslie Fox, Dan & Judy, Scott, Mike, Ron, Bruce, Bob, Ken & Kathie and Sharon). We are so grateful!The group expressed that they were honored and pleased to make this donation on Memorial Day.
5/31/2021 Robert W Nehilla, Jr, Mesquite Veterans Center President, dropped by Mesa Valley Estates to accept this wonderful gift basket on this Day of Remembrance. To the Staff and Residents at Mesa Valley Estates, We Thank You!!
5/31/2021 Memorial Service at Veterans Memorial Park, hosted by Mayor Al Litman. At 7:45 a.m. we gathered to remember those who sacrificed their lives in Service to Our Great Country. God Bless them all, and God Bless America!
May 27, 2021, Mesquite Veterans Center had a visit from Don Aldrich. He was kind enough to stand by the bell he donated to us a while back. Such pride and love emanating from him while talking about the U.S.S. Endicott. Thank you for your service.
May 11, 2021, The Mesquite Veterans Center said “Farewell and Godspeed” to our friend, Cliff Holliday. He left Mesquite to travel to South Carolina to live with his Sons. We sure are going to miss having coffee and hearing about his life. He sure will enjoy being with family, though! Keep in Touch!!
Feb 5, 2021 – The Annual Veterans Charity Golf Tournament, Sponsored by Eagle’s Landing raised over $43,000. Near and dear to the Yardleys’ hearts are the Utah National Guard Charitable Trust, The Mesquite Veterans Center and The Veterans of Santa Clara, Utah. Pictured here are the Yardleys presenting a check to our Virgin Valley Honor Guard at the event at the Palms Golf Course. The donation is for the Mesquite Veterans Center and directly benefits local veterans!
Many Thanks to the Yardleys, the organizers and the golfers!!
On Friday, October 2, 2020, Ginger Hardway, along with her daughter, Linda, and Lonnie Gutierrez, gathered with many friends at the Mesquite Veterans Center in memory of their Beloved Husband and Father, Tony Hardway. The Virgin Valley Veterans Honor Guard honored him proudly with a memorial service outside the Center. Afterward, many of Tony’s fellow veterans and friends and family spoke of their fondest memories in a small gathering.
February 28, 2020 (below) Great to have Joe Klasen stop by the MVC and see how much it has transformed and improved. Fun visit!
Photo- Left, Buzz Rakow – Center, Joe Klasen – Right, Bob Nehilla
February 23, 2020 (below) Here’s a coupla Navy guys hangin’ out! Steve Reynolds and Tom Stettler at Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins. Always great to see Tom smile! Or, is that a smirk?
2/20/2020 (below) Miss Nancy’s Chili-ghetti luncheon did not disappoint! She put together a great spread of salad and goodies and garlic bread, cheese topping and the main event! Chili-ghetti! One of her favorite traditions to make! The Mesquite Veterans Center presented Nancy with a Certificate of Appreciation for all that she does, and has done for the last 10+ years! Thank You, Nancy! We all appreciate you so much! Nancy is, indeed, one of the most selfless, giving, loving people we know!
Thursday, February 13, at our VFW Meeting, (below) we had the honor of having Taylor Marshall read her Voice of Democracy speech. It was heartfelt and the reason is obvious why she soared so high with it. Congrats and Thank You, Taylor!!
Thursday, February 13, VFW Meeting, (below) we also had Art Hammerschmidt, who made a photo donation to the Mesquite Veterans Center for the VFW office wall, and talked about its meaning to him in his life. Art brought tears to our eyes. Much love for one of our ever present Veteran Brothers!!
Monday, February 10, 2020 (below) Bob Nehilla and Steve Reynolds, on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, went to Virgin Valley High School to present the District 6, Voice of Democracy winner, Taylor Marshall, with her certificate and a check. She is pictured here with Bob and Steve and Principal Frei. We’re so proud of Taylor’s achievement!!
Thursday, February 6, 2020 (below) The MVC hosted another successful pancake breakfast/fundraiser. A number of familiar faces and some new ones came by to enjoy a great breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, hash browns,snacks, fruit, juices and much camaraderie!! Gerri Chasko accepted an award from the VVA in appreciation for all that she and the Eureka Casino does for our Veterans and our Community! (Photo contributions from Carol Saldivar and Steve Reynolds)
2-6-2020 Continued “coverage” of our Pancake Breakfast and Eureka appreciation. Photos courtesy of Bruce Hughes.
2-19-2019 (below) Congratulations to Shane Charlton for winning the VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contest. Bob Nehilla and Steve Reynolds came to present Shane with a nice certificate and a check for $250! This was an assignment for US Government in Mr. Johnston’s class and 3 of the top 5 finalist were from Beaver Dam High School! Way to go Shane!