The Prescott Valley Early Bird Lion’s Club welcomed a guest speaker last week whereby Patriot Day, as well as the 2020 Census, headlined the agenda.
This year, the annual Patriot Day event takes place on Friday, September 11 at 6p.m. at the Civic Center Theater on the Green. This event will honor those who lost their lives to save others in the attacks on September 11, 2001.
The event program will include the following:
- Healing field with 3,000 flags on the Civic Center grounds
- Central Arizona Fire and Medical
- Prescott Valley Police Honor Guards
- National Anthem, Bagpipers and music
- Keynote: A 9/11 story featuring Hope Burke and Kingston Painter
- American Legion Post 6 Rifle Volley and Taps
- Lowering of American flag from Civic Center
Heidi Dahms Foster, Communications Relations Coordinator with the Town of Prescott Valley, spoke at the PVEB Lion’s meeting regarding Patriot Week.
Community-Driven Patriot Week Shines Bright
Foster explained that every year, volunteers, firefighters, Town of Prescott Valley staff and law enforcement personnel help set up the flags on the Healing Field. The flags remain in place for Patriot Week, which begins September 4 through September 11.
2020 Census Matters for Prescott Valley
Foster also mentioned that September marks the last month Prescott Valley citizens can sign up for the 2020 Census.
“We’re encouraging people to do so if they haven’t yet responded,” Foster said.
“We are just going out and trying to catch the last bunch of people. Prescott Valley has the fifth best self-response rate to the census in the state. We’re pretty happy about that.”
The U.S. Census Bureau uses state population numbers to determine federal funding. These statistics can help future programs such as senior centers, essential services including police and fire as well as state shared revenues.
According to the town’s website, the data collected by the census helps determine the number of seats that Arizona has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Arizona stands to gain another seat in the House of Representatives following the Census (if 2018 numbers were used) and local voting districts will be redrawn based on population changes.
Citizens may visit www.2020census.gov and fill out the questionnaire.