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Military Traditions

Active Duty — A Life

Take it from an Army guy, military living is a lifetime of plusses that can reach beyond a service member’s retirement.

Two Recollections of World War II

As a young student, resident Fred Montonye learned to knit six-inch by six-inch wool squares which were sewn together to form blankets that were sent to Britain during World War II.

What I Did in the War

As resident Donald Terleski sheltered in place, he talked to his 100-year-old mother about her experiences during World War II.

Military Displays Keep History Alive

Bill McNamara, West Point Class of 1960, has made it his duty to honor our country’s battles by curating exhibits of military material and mementoes in five cabinets around PVE.

Road Repairs Change World Relationships

An aftermath of the extraordinary airlift that saved Berlin during World War II was America’s commitment to build the greatest airlift force in the world.

A Dental Send Off

Resident Jean Martin shares memories of delivering cards to her childhood dentist before he joined the U.S. Navy.

Betsy Ross Flag

The Betsy Ross Flag is probably one of the most recognizable American flags today but, curiously, it wasn’t until the bi-centennial celebrations of 1976 that it became overwhelmingly popular.

A Life Plan Community Rooted in Military Tradition

Paradise Valley Estates was created to be more than an ideal location for retired uniformed services officers of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health and NOAA.


Many PVE residents have family connections to several military services.

Wall of Remembrance – The Collier Trophy

The Robert J. Collier Trophy is awarded annually “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.”