75th Anniversary Celebration of the G.I. Bill of Rights

McFarland State Historic Park

Saturday, March 30, 2019   10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

McFarland State Historic Park, American Legion Post 9, and the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce are hosting the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the G.I. Bill of Rights (Serviceman’s Readjustment Act) in Florence. The special event is to honor the legislation which has helped millions of veterans since 1944, and Ernest “Mac” McFarland, Arizona statesman and one of the authors of the bill.


The celebration will acknowledge, honor, and celebrate one of the most far-reaching pieces of legislation ever enacted by the United States Government and to recognize Florence resident, Ernest McFarland. McFarland served as U.S. Senator, Senate Majority Leader, Governor of Arizona, Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, and founder of the Arizona Parks System.


The free-to-the-public event will begin with a parade on N. Main Street at 10 am; a Ceremony of Celebration will follow at 11 am at Padilla Park, 440 N. Main Street. Event festivities will conclude with refreshments and tours at McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles Street. The Greater Florence Woman’s Club will be open in the afternoon as an old-style USO Club at 231 N. Willow Street. At 12:30 p.m., stop by the Pinal County Historical Museum, 715 S. Main Street, for a discussion about Mac and the landmark legislation from the author of “Call Him Mac; Ernest W. McFarland, the Arizona Years,” Gary L. Stuart.


Event proceeds will benefit American Legion Post 9, to be divided evenly between their charitable programs and the construction of a new Town of Florence Veterans Memorial. For more information. call (520) 868-4496 or email [email protected]gmail.com.