Senator Martha McSally

Senator Martha McSally, an Air Force veteran, is the keynote speaker at the City of Scottsdale’s Veterans Day event Nov. 11 at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.

The City of Scottsdale is hosting two events open to the public on Nov. 11 in observation of Veterans Day, including a commemoration headlined by Senator Martha McSally.

The commemoration will kick off at 3 p.m. at Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road.

McSally, a United States Air Force veteran and the first American woman to fly in combat, is the scheduled keynote speaker for the event, which will begin with a half hour of patriotic music from the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Arizona Band.

McSally visited Scottsdale earlier this month at the ribbon cutting for SCSVets, a program from Scottsdale-based Acronis SCS to train veterans to enter the cybersecurity workforce.

Army veteran JB Spisso will be a guest speaker at the event. Spisso is the author of the book “Warrior Leadership” and co-founded Elite Leadership Training.

The program also includes Scottsdale historian and veteran Len Marcisz, Vi at Silverstone retirement community veterans, the Police and Fire Honor Guards and bugler Gil Gifford.

Earlier in the day, the City of Scottsdale will host a Veterans Day ceremony at City Hall.

The ceremony will feature Scottsdale veterans organizations and take place at the Chaplain statue at 11 a.m.

The bronze statue depicts a World War I chaplain and was created in 2009 by renowned artist Austin Deuel, who is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in Vietnam.

Deuel created the statue after Scottsdale veterans groups expressed concern that existing plaque commemorating veterans in the Civic Center was not adequate and raised $50,000 to construct the new memorial.