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Celebrating Community: Agave Village Honors WWII Veteran James Peyton

Celebrating Community: Agave Village Honors WWII Veteran James Peyton

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At Agave Village in Mesa, Arizona, community spirit is more than just a phrase—it's a way of life. This was never more evident than during the 99th birthday celebration for one of its most cherished residents, James Peyton. A WWII veteran, James has long been a beloved figure in the community, and his neighbors and the community manager decided to honor him in a truly memorable way. 


“James is an outstanding person. Having him as a resident of Agave Village is such an honor. He’s shown us what it means to be to be courageous, and he’s truly brought the community together this past month. He takes so much pride in his community and his Country. He is an amazing example for all of us and I hope that we continue to grow together as a community to support this amazing Marine.” says Alisha Heath, Community Manager at Agave Village. 

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 A Celebration to Remember 

The celebration was started by the residents of Agave Village, and the events committee. They began with a simple idea: to bring together the residents of Agave Village for a joyous occasion that would pay tribute to James Peyton's incredible life and service. Led by resident and friend Dave Konar. "The planning for the event quickly took on a life of its own. Balloons, banners, and birthday cakes were arranged, and the residents rallied together to ensure every detail was perfect" says Konar. 

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On the day of the celebration, friends, neighbors, and family members who came and surprised James gathered to sing "Happy Birthday" who was deeply moved by the outpouring of love and respect. It was a day filled with laughter, stories, and a deep sense of camaraderie that exemplified the close-knit nature of the Agave Village community. 

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A Patriotic Tribute 

The celebration didn’t end with James’ birthday. Knoer was visiting James one day shortly after the celebration and noticed that he didn't have an American flag on his home. Konar wanted to do something more to honor his service. Konar's good deed led to a heartwarming act of patriotism that captured the attention of many, including local news stations. 

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Click here to see the ABC15 News story!

And here to see the Channel 12 News story! 

“If anyone deserved an American flag on the fourth of July, it’s James, so I reached out to the local Marine Corps, and they came out and put one on his home,” said Knoer, who is honored to have such a great friend and help in any way possible to make him feel special and appreciated.  

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On the Fourth of July, six Marines visited James' home, a gesture that underscored the respect and admiration felt for him. The Marines brought an American flag, which they proudly added to James' home. The sight of the flag waving in the Arizona breeze was a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by veterans like James and the gratitude felt by those who live in freedom because of them. 

Community and Beyond 

The story of James Peyton's birthday and the subsequent visit from the Marines resonated deeply with many, making headlines and touching hearts far beyond the boundaries of Agave Village. It was a testament to the power of community and the profound impact that a simple act of kindness can have. 

For the residents of Agave Village, this celebration was a reaffirmation of the values that bind them together: respect, gratitude, and a shared sense of purpose. It also highlighted the essential role that the community manager plays in fostering a supportive and cohesive environment, where every resident feels valued and connected. 

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Continuing the Legacy 

As James Peyton begins his 100th year, he told the local news he plans to celebrate by going skydiving! The community at Agave Village looks forward to continuing the tradition of coming together to celebrate and support one another. The flag that now adorns James’ home serves as a daily reminder of the strength of the community and the enduring legacy of those who have served. 



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