HOW IT FEELS TO SUPPORT THE VETERANS DAY PARADE: Bank of America speaks out

  Honoring Arizona’s Veterans and the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade are so grateful for all our sponsors – without which the Parade would never happen! The team at one of our new sponsors this year, Bank of America, took the time to write about what it means to be involved:   Bank of America Elevates […]

EIGHT WAYS TO EXPRESS APPRECIATION ON VETERANS DAY

As we prepare for our 21st annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade this Saturday, we urge you to consider these ways you can show veterans you care on this important day. (Courtesy of www.military.com) 1. SHOW UP Attend a Veterans Day event in your area ‒ not just a picnic with friends, but an honest-to-goodness parade […]

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SERVICE MEMBER: The point of view from someone currently serving

Our veterans have the advantage of hindsight when it comes to looking back on their time in the military and what it meant. But what does serving mean to someone currently in the armed forces? Like many of our veterans can undoubtedly relate to, Nicola Balletto – an Arizonan who is now a Sergeant in […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Arizona Pageant Queen Grand Marshal Katie Schaaf

Katie Schaaf of Glendale, Arizona, is the daughter of Lt Col Brian Schaaf, USAF (ret.) and Lisa Schaaf (also a USAF veteran).  She was crowned Miss High School America 2017 this summer in Little Rock, Arkansas. Over 150 young ladies from around the United States competed for the titles Miss High School America, Miss Jr. High […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Business Community Grand Marshal Craig Opel

Lieutenant Colonel Craig Opel (USMC ret.), served 24 years in the United States Marine Corps, from 1976 to 2000. He entered the Naval Academy in 1972 as a midshipman and was commissioned a 2/LT USMC in June 1976. During his career he served in all three Marine Expeditionary Forces, Headquarters Marine Corps, Marine Barracks 8th & […]

PHOENIX VETERANS DAY PARADE ESSAY CONTEST: Our 3rd Place Winner

3rd Place Craig Zeigler – 12th grade, Sunrise Mountain High School; Teacher: Jennifer Kruska THE ENEMY OF THE COLD WAR WAS FEAR ITSELF War is a concept that has a certain stereotype in the minds of most people. It elicits thoughts of firefights in an isolated and faraway part of the world, far removed from […]

PHOENIX VETERANS DAY PARADE ESSAY CONTEST: Our 2nd Place Winner

2nd Place  Ruby Price – 11th grade, Shadow Ridge High School; Teacher: Stacy Roberts A SILENT SACRIFICE: THE MOST NOBLE OF THEM ALL Much is forgotten to history. Sucked into the fleeting oblivion of human memory that causes a life-changing event for some to be non-existent for others. The service of Cold War veterans seems […]

PHOENIX VETERANS DAY PARADE ESSAY CONTEST: Our 1st Place Winner!

1st Place Ethan Brown – 11th grade, Seton Catholic Prep; Teacher: Jessica Breen THE UNSPOKEN HEROES: NEVER FORGET One of the tensest eras of American history was built not on what happened, but on what didn’t happen. It was an era where there were no direct conflicts between the two enemies. An era where there […]

HOW YOU CAN HELP ON VETERANS DAY (AND THE REST OF THE YEAR)

Veterans are naturally on our minds at this time of year, particularly with the annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade right around the corner. If you have it in your heart to help and honor our veterans, now or at any time of the year, there are many ways you can do that. The Phoenix Veteran’s […]

Cold War Veterans Focus of the 2017 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade

Parade Celebrates 21 Years with Theme “Silent Sacrifice”       Glowing with tributes to our nation’s true heroes, our veterans, the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade will once again be presented by Honoring Arizona’s Veterans (HAV). Time:  LIVE Shots available from 5:30 to 9 a.m. Time:  Parade start 11 a.m., open to media Date:  Saturday, […]