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CBS 5 News chief journalist Catherine Anaya and Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos

A World War II ace fighter pilot and 11 community heroes were honored at the Fourth Annual Salute Honoring Those Who Serve event at the at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Phoenix on November 16, presented by Latino Perspectives Magazine, the Raul H. Castro Institute (RCI) at Phoenix College and SRP. 

CBS 5 News chief journalist Catherine Anaya and Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos emceed the event. With family members in attendance, tribute was paid to the bravery and leadership exhibited by sons and daughters, friends and neighbors, and mothers and fathers who have proudly served and are serving our nation. 

The luncheon paid special tribute to the accomplishments of the late Arthur Van Haren Jr., one of Arizona’s most decorated fighter pilots. A Legacy of Courage: The Story of Arthur Van Haren Jr., written by historian Jean Reynolds, was presented at the event as the latest addition to a collection of seven books published through a partnership between Latino Perspectives Magazine and RCI. 

To date, over 2,500 copies of the books commemorating the lives and achievements of Arizona’s notable Latinos have been donated to public libraries and high schools in the state. Digital 

versions have been contributed to the state library’s Arizona Memory Project, where they are accessed on average 600 times each month by users all over the world. 

“Perhaps the best way we can repay our debt to those who have served so selflessly is to tell their stories in order to inspire a new generation of leaders to serve our country and our state,” said Phoenix College president Anna Solley, Ph.D.

Speakers and special guests at the luncheon included Diane Van Haren Halvorson; Mayor-elect Greg Stanton; Peter Hayes, SRP’s senior vice president of community affairs, and Elisa de la Vara, district director for the office of Congressman Ed Pastor. 

Latino Perspectives Magazine wishes to thank SRP, the Raul H. Castro Institute and the following generous sponsors for making this fourth annual event possible: American Family Insurance, APS, The Arizona Lottery, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Hospice of the Valley, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, Miller Coors, Phoenix School of Law and Rio Salado College.

We hope you can join us at the Fifth Annual Salute Honoring Those Who Serve in 2012.  

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