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Aloha and Welcome to My Website!

I am an Associate Broker, Realtor® with Long Realty West Valley, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.
I specialize in real estate sales in Arizona West Valley Golf Retirement Communities.
I have Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry and Biology and a Masters Degree in Business Administration with Project Management concentration.

As a year-round Sun City Grand resident and full-time Associate Broker Realtor®, I can help you buy and/or sell real estate in the golf retirement communities of Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Corte Bella, Arizona Traditions, Sun City Festival, PebbleCreek and Trilogy at Vistancia.
Buyers and sellers receive what they desire when selecting me as their estate agent:
an experienced, dedicated, well-educated, professional local Realtor® who specializes in real estate in Arizona golf retirement communities.

Sun City Grand ~ I LIVE HERE, I WORK HERE, I KNOW THIS COMMUNITY! ©2007



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Since you are reading a Real Estate blog, let me tell you about a property bought at a price greater than anyone of us could afford.  It was paid for in blood and vigilance, over generations. It continues to this moment.  And the spirit of what plays out on that property, even as I write and you read, secures our tomorrow.  On this very special piece of property sits a tomb. Officially, it is called the “Tomb of the Unknowns,” for it is the resting place for more than one. But you and I know it in the singular, as the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” at Arlington National Cemetery. Here, in 1921 was first laid to rest “In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God.”

Fort Meyer is home to the 3rd. United State Infantry Regiment, know as the “Old Guard.” The “3rd.” provides ceremonial units and honor guards for the most auspicious of state and White House functions.  From its ranks also are drawn an elite few who 24-7 serve as Sentinels at the “Tomb of the Unknowns.” These Guardians, these chosen few, subscribe to a unique creed:

“My dedication to this sacred duty is total and wholehearted. In the responsibility bestowed on me I will never falter. And with dignity and perseverance my standard will be perfection. Through the years of diligence and praise and the discomfort of the elements, I will walk my tour in humble reverence to the best of my ability. It is he who commands the respect I protect. His bravery that made us so proud. Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day alone in the thoughtful peace of night, this soldier will in honored glory rest under my eternal vigilance.”

Words like “sacred duty,”  “humble reverence,” “eternal vigilance,” ring almost Victorian, chivalrous but outdated and ill matched to our increasingly disenchanted me-centered era.  But are they?  Not to the Sentinels of the “3rd.”  When hurricane Isabel wailed its way towards Arlington, the Regional Commander sent word to the nighttime Sentry Detail to secure the post and seek shelter from the extremely high winds.  Given permission for their own safety to suspend their assignment till the storm passed, the Sentinels refused.  “No way, Sir!”

Soaked to the skin, with “dignity and perseverance,” and through “the discomfort of the elements” (in this case pelting rain and hurricane force winds) they chose to continue “to walk their tour” in humble but very proud reverence.  Their own rested here. They would not leave them.

As expected, the press were soon swarming all over this story.  When queried, one of the Sentinels put it this way:  “I’ve got buddies being shot at in Iraq who would kick my butt if word got to them that we let them down. I sure as hell have no intention of spending my Army career being known as the damned idiot who couldn’t stand a little light breeze and shirked his duty.”

Words like “sacred duty,”  “humble reverence,” “eternal vigilance,” ring almost Victorian, chivalrous but outdated and ill matched to our increasingly disenchanted me-centered era.  But are they?  Not to the Sentinels of the “3rd.”  When hurricane Isabel wailed its way towards Arlington, the Regional Commander sent word to the nighttime Sentry Detail to secure the post and seek shelter from the extremely high winds.  Given permission for their own safety to suspend their assignment till the storm passed, the Sentinels refused.  “No way, Sir!”

Soaked to the skin, with “dignity and perseverance,” and through “the discomfort of the elements” (in this case pelting rain and hurricane force winds) they chose to continue “to walk their tour” in humble but very proud reverence.  Their own rested here. They would not leave them. 

As expected, the press were soon swarming all over this story.  When queried, one of the Sentinels put it this way:  “I’ve got buddies being shot at in Iraq who would kick my butt if word got to them that we let them down. I sure as hell have no intention of spending my Army career being known as the damned idiot who couldn’t stand a little light breeze and shirked his duty.”

What a straightforward and beautifully American response. Not unlike the “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead,” or the “’Shoot if you must this old gray head, but spare our country’s flag,’ she said,” of generations past.

And so, a ceremonial watch that had begun in 1930, went on, and goes on, 24-7, uninterrupted. 

“There is perhaps no more potent symbol of sacrifice  than the ‘unknown soldier,’ the serviceman who died in combat, but whose remains are not identifiable. He cannot be returned to his home, his family, loved ones, friends cannot for certain know how or when or even if he died; he cannot be laid to rest in a place of his or his family’s choosing. He remains, perpetually, a soldier who not only gave up his life for his country, but his very identity as well. That loss of identity makes the unknown soldier a powerful symbol, however – because he is no longer an individual, he stands for the purest ideals of courage, valor, and sacrifice and serves as a noble and selfless representative of service to one’s county.” (Snopes.com)

 

Now let’s bring this blog home. The “unknown soldier” has a known counterpart, very much alive. If you live anywhere in Arizona West Valley you will hear some of them fly overhead. We all know a Service man or woman who in these unsettled times honorably “walks” or flys  or sails “their tour.” Because they do, dreams of home ownership can exist, and firms like Longs serve that dream.  So lets take a moment, and honor our service men and women, with a sincere “thank you” for sure, then more. Take a concrete action, like the businessman I recently read about who on a commercial flight gave his first class seat to a service man, and took his in coach. Beautiful gesture.  So too was one I personally witnessed. I was in the cafeteria line at a Tomatoes restaurant. In front of me was a soldier in uniform. In front of him was an elderly man about my age who had just stepped up to the cash register with his tray.  The check out lady looked over the items on his tray, and as she was about to ring it up asked: “Will that be all, sir?”  He answered, “All for my tray, but ring up what that young fellow in uniform behind me has on his tray too.  Add it to my bill.” 

Wow,” I thought, “right on, why didn’t I think of that?” Why indeed. But then, truth be known, I have thought about gestures like that, but too often do not follow up or through with them, and the moment and opportunity passes.

Truthfully, opportunities to show thanks are all around us: collection boxes that will recycle our old no longer used cell phones and gift them to servicemen so they can call home; and here in the Administration offices of Sun City Grand collection baskets for unused post and greeting cards which are forwarded to servicemen and women so they can write home. We can get involved in “Wounded Warrior” support events.  My sister visits Vets in V.A. hospitals, and has some amazing stories on how much that was appreciated. Tutor a child from Luke Air Force base who is maybe having difficulty in school. Get to know a military family, secretly “adopt” them.  Check on the family and their needs when their service member is deployed.  Include them in seasonal events, holiday celebrations, etc.  Keep the deployed member in the loop by sharing family photos, and unexpected “care” packages.  Bottom line, God gave us two hands, one to salute those we respect, the other to gift them with our own service.

 

Anthony "Tony" Delatorre
Sun City Grand resident

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