To honor the many individuals who have served within the United States Armed Forces and to pay homage to all fallen heroes, Veterans Village will hold its 8th annual Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, November 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Village #2, 50 N. 21st St., Las Vegas, NV 89101. Featured celebrity guest speaker for this year’s event is Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend John Fogerty, who has a long history of supporting Veterans Village and raising awareness of Veteran-related causes. Keynote speaker will be U.S. Navy and Vietnam Veteran Cynthia K. Dias, a local homeless veterans advocate who was invited to attend the last State of the Union Address by President Barack Obama, serving as his and First Lady Michelle Obama’s guest. Immediately after the ceremony, the organization will honor Mr. Fogerty with an unveiling/name dedication of the “The Proud Mary John Fogerty Container Home,” the first of 10 Container Homes that will house local military veterans.
The Veterans Village Container Homes are repurposed ocean shipping containers used to provide affordable housing for market rate buyers, low to moderate income individuals/families, and previously homeless individuals/families. The prototypical community within Village #2 will feature two model sizes (8 x 20 x 8 and 8 x 40 x 8) that can be replicated, and mass produced around the world, offering a low-cost solution to homelessness and affordable housing shortages. On average, an 8 x 40 x 8 container home model costs under $30,000 to refurbish, and an 8 x 20 x 8 container home model just under $22,000, not including land and infrastructure. A former architecture teacher, CEO/Founder of Veterans Village Arnold Stalk spearheaded the idea to repurpose ocean shipping containers for housing from a design studio project he created for his students.
The all-ages Veterans Day event is open to the public and will feature music, entertainment, food and vendors. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help stock the food pantry at Veterans Village.
As leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty forged a distinctive, groundbreaking sound all his own, tied together by his uniquely evocative lyrical perspective. Fogerty has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and is a Grammy Award-winning artist. Throughout 2019, Fogerty is celebrating 50 years in music with a worldwide tour, including a return appearance at Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore Theater. His all-new show, “My 50 Year Trip,” a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, features a collection of Creedence Clearwater Revival hits, including songs from the set list of his performance at the legendary Woodstock music festival in 1969 among other fan favorites. His new album, “50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks,” will be released on Nov. 8, 2019.
A resident and volunteer of Veterans Village, Cynthia Dias is a Vietnam-era Navy hospital corpsman and registered nurse. During her Navy service from 1969 to 1972, she served on a hospital ship during the war and helped treat the wounded.
About Veterans Village:
Veterans Village was founded in 2012 and is an emergency, transitional and permanent housing residence for United States Veterans. On-site services include a 24-7 crisis intervention center, assisted living, medical and mental health services, job referral and training, Three Square Regional Food Bank nutrition, clothing and a host of other services targeted at the promotion of independent living through economic and social self-sufficiency.
Veterans Village houses more than 600 individuals per night across six residences and is committed to ending homelessness in Nevada and across the United States. For more information on Veterans Village, please visit www.veteransvillagelasvegas.org.