Operation Welcome Home Ceremony Draws Inspiration from North Platte Canteen

Please join other Gilbert residents to honor and appreciate a local patriot at the first Operation Welcome Home Ceremony. This 45-minute ceremony will provide a true patriotic welcome featuring a mile-long motorcade and high school musicians performing patriotic music.

Gilbert resident Sergeant First Class James Hall, an Army veteran, is home from Iraq, having served most recently in the National Guard from 2009-2010. He was active in the Army from 1988-1998, receiving an honorable discharge in 1998. Beginning in 1990, he served in Iraq for two tours of duty and was part of Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He also served in Izmar, Turkey as a mechanic working with NATO.

Operation Welcome Home Ceremony
Thursday, December 16, 5:30 pm
Town Hall, 50 E Civic Center Drive

The idea for Operation Welcome Home was first presented to the Town Council on September 23, 2010, by Council Member Jenn Daniels and Vice Mayor Presmyk, inspired by the women of North Platte, Nebraska during World War II. See the story of the "North Platte Canteen" in the video below.

Through Operation Welcome Home, our community wishes to recognize the valuable service and dedication that military men and women provide our country upon their return from active duty. With the leadership and support of several individuals, veterans’ groups, service groups, employers, community leaders and mentors, the young men and women are reintroduced to our community and are thanked for their effort and sacrifice.