Arizona National Guard muster ceremony honors service and sacrifice

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona National Guard held a muster ceremony at Sun Devil Stadium on Sunday.

It was part of the Arizona National Guard Muster and Community Expo to honor the service and sacrifice of Arizona's military families during the last 13 years of conflict. It was also intended to recognize the state's veteran and military support community.

"Over 10,000 Arizona Guard members have deployed since Sept. 11, 2001. Time and again these brave men and women and their families have sacrificed in defense of freedom around the globe. Help me salute their service," said Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire, the Adjutant General for Arizona.

The muster ceremony is a Guard tradition dating back to the first muster of the colonial militia in 1636.

The ceremony featured an F-16 Fighting Falcon flyover, remarks from Guard leaders, tributes to veterans of all foreign wars, and patriotic music by the 108th Army Band and the USO Show Troupe.

The Arizona National Guard also held its first-ever community open house as part of the event.

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