Events Splendido and the So AZ Veterans and First Responders Memorial Honor Veterans Steve Didio Commander of American Legion #132 presenting the Golder Ranch Fire Dept. Honor Guard for posting of the colors. Ed Davis American Legion introducing General John Wickham, retired 4-star General and Pres. Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff of the Army General Ron Shoopman, US Air Force (ret) was the keynote speaker talking about his experiences on 9/11 while commanding an Air Force Fighter Wing charged to protect the southwest region of the US. When all flight across the US was halted immediately after the bombing of the towers, his was the only aircraft flying because he was returning to take command of the Fighter Wing Dr. Carmona talking about the importance of the work of Veterans and First Responders and their service to our communities, state and the nation. He said this will be the only memorial of its kind in the US and how it will be a place of honor, reflection and education. Kay Williams Executive Committee member reading a letter from Congressman O’Halleran Gen. Wickham, Pima County Sheriff Napier and Gen. Shoopman. So AZ Veterans and First Responders Living Memorial Committee OV Council members Mary Snider and Rhonda Pena with the Shoopmans Gen. Wickham and Gen. Shoopman Gen. and Mrs. Wickham. Both generals acknowledged that the wives also serve often during long tours of duty. Gen. and Mrs. Wickham and Gen. and Mrs. Vickie Shoopman who serves on the Executive Committee for the Memorial.