Scottsdale plays host Wednesday, May 18, to a unique vehicle piloted by a pair of decorated veterans embarked on an important mission.
The Purple Heart Run seeks to raise awareness and support of disabled veterans. It will be the focus of a public ceremony at 9 a.m. at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Marine Corps LCpl. Tyler Huffman and Purple Heart recipient Joseph Tidwell are driving a specially outfitted Ford 150 pickup truck cross-country as part of a program sponsored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Wounded Warriors Family Support group.
LCpl. Huffman and Mr. Tidwell will be honored at a ceremony that includes federal, state and local elected officials, plus representatives of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center, according to a press release.
The ceremony will take place near the Chaplain Sculpture, located on the northeast side of City Hall. Those invited to attend include U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, former Gov. Jan Brewer and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane.
“We want to honor and support the service of all our vets,” stated Henry Glaudel, commander of the Scottsdale chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, in the release. “Our goal is to make sure our disabled veterans have the resources they need to lead full and productive lives.
“The Purple Heart Run is one way to spread that message and encourage citizens to support services for veterans.”
LCpl. Huffman and Mr. Tidwell began the Purple Heart Run at Mount Vernon May 2. They are scheduled to visit Los Angeles before stopping in Scottsdale Wednesday on their return leg to Arlington, Va.
Once they complete the drive, the specially outfitted truck will be presented to Purple Heart recipient Nicholas Thom of Broad Run, Va., who was chosen from a nationwide search of eligible nominees, the release stated.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.