Scottsdale Veterans Day celebration features Arizona Marine

Cpl. Roguska (submitted photo)

Marine Cpl. Scott Roguska (submitted photo)

Active duty Arizona Marine Cpl. Scott Roguska will be the keynote speaker at the city’s 2015 Veterans Day Commemoration.

The event is to take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. The program is free and open to the public.

From a young age, Mr. Roguska said he had two major interests — the military and visual media, according to a press release. Upon graduating from The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan in 2008, he served as the lead editor on the 2009 World War II documentary series “An Eagle Returns.”

Mr. Roguska enlisted in The United States Marine Corps in 2011 with the aspiration of putting his talents toward a greater purpose.

The combat cameraman had his first tour of duty from 2012-14 in Japan. He is now stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma where he serves as the Combat Camera Repro & Graphics Chief for Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron.

Mr. Roguska and his wife Kendra are Scottsdale residents, the release stated.

The mural painted at the Scottsdale library during Marine Week 2015. (Photo by Terrance Thornton)

The mural painted at the Scottsdale library during Marine Week 2015. (Photo by Terrance Thornton)

Mr. Roguska was also one of the artists who created the Marine Mural in September near Scottsdale’s Civic Center Library. The mural is one of the highlights of Marine Week, an event hosted in a different region each year by the Marine Corps to showcase who they are and what they do for the nation.

In addition to Roguska, the Veterans Day program will feature Scottsdale historian and former Marine Len Marcisz, who will talk about local military history. The 108th Army National Guard Band kicks off the program at 3 p.m. with a half-hour of patriotic music. Refreshments are provided courtesy of Shamrock Foods Company and the Wildflower Bread Company.

For more information about this event, call the park at 480-312-2312.

More Veterans Day commemorations:

Public invited to celebrate the Marines and have birthday cake, Nov. 10

The public is invited to a unique Marine Corps tradition Tuesday, Nov. 10 – the 240th anniversary of the service’s founding. At 4:30 p.m. at the Marine Corps Mural, located just north of Scottsdale’s Civic Center Library, a birthday cake will be cut and shared as part of a ritual dating back to the Corps’ founding in 1775.

The cake-cutting ceremony serves as an annual renewal of each Marine’s commitment to the Corps and its commitment to the nation’s quest for peace and freedom. In a centuries-old tradition, the first piece of cake goes to a guest of honor. The second piece goes to the oldest Marine present and the third piece to the youngest Marine present. The order represents the passing of experience, tradition and knowledge from one generation to the next.

The birthday cake is cut with a Marine officer’s Mameluke sword, as a reminder that the Marines are a band of warriors, committed to carrying the sword, so that our nation may live in peace.

Local Veterans organizations host ceremony, Nov. 11

Scottsdale’s Veterans organizations will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Scottsdale City Hall, Chaplain Statue, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

The keynote speaker will be Congressman David Schweikert. The program is free and open to the public. For details, contact the American Legion Post 44 in Scottsdale at 480-941-0130 or email Terry Dalton at teeten@aol.com.

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