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The Lastest News From the City of Surprise District 5

SURPRISE LITERACY CHALLENGE

Councilmember John Williams and I have issued a challenge to help promote reading among elementary-age students in Surprise. We are asking students to read at home (non-homework related) and keep a log of their reading, with a parent signature to confirm their progress. Students then turn the logs into their teachers, who keep track of the total number of minutes read among the students in their respective classrooms.

Several local elementary schools and hundreds of students, grades 3 – 6, participated in the first-year initiative and the winning teachers were awarded trophies in May. We are hoping that even more students accept the challenge this year!

MEMORIAL TO MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

As a Vietnam veteran myself, I have tremendous respect for our military men and women who are currently serving or who have served in the past. That’s why I am proud to say that the Surprise City Council voted to commission a monument in memorial of Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sergeant Nick Bacon. Bacon served as the Surprise Town Manager from 1986 – 1990.

According to his Medal of Honor citation, “S/Sgt. Bacon was serving his second tour in Vietnam on Aug. 26, 1968, when he and his unit were ambushed during an operation west of Tam Ky. Under intense enemy fire, he destroyed an enemy bunker with hand grenades while his platoon leader was shot and fell wounded in an exposed position. S/Sgt. Bacon immediately assumed command of the platoon and assaulted the hostile gun position, finally killing the enemy gun crew in a single-handed effort. As a result of S/Sgt. Bacon’s extraordinary efforts, his company was able to move forward, eliminate the enemy positions, and rescue the men trapped to the front. S/Sgt. Bacon’s bravery at the risk of his life was in the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.”

I honor and respect what Nick Bacon did for his fellow soldiers, and I am so happy that the city in which he served as a city manager will recognize his heroic efforts. Take a look at the renderings of options for the monument (shown below), which will be located on the grounds of Surprise City Hall.