VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: The 20th annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade

Thank you to all who came out to honor our veterans at the 20th annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade, as well as to all of our valued volunteers. Most of all, thank you to all veterans and active-duty military for your sacrifices and service! Please enjoy these great video highlights provided by a friend of the […]

WELCOME HOME VIETNAM HEROES: The story behind this year’s parade theme

In 1945, U.S. President Harry Truman broke the news and declared an Allied victory in World War II after six years of war. Celebrations were held across the world. People crowded into New York’s Times Square to rejoice; a large ticker tape parade hailed the conquering heroes as 13,000 members of the 82nd Airborne Division […]


As we prepare for our 20th annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade this Friday, we urge you to consider these ways you can show veterans you care on this important day. (Courtesy of 1. SHOW UP Attend a Veterans Day event in your area ‒ not just a picnic with friends, but an honest-to-goodness parade […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Vietnam War Grand Marshal Carlyle Brown

Recalling the actions that earned him the Bronze Star in Vietnam, Carlyle Brown speaks in words that are moving and evocative of the experience of so many veterans that served in that war: “I don’t feel I did anything special. I just did what I was supposed to do.” In other words, Brown did his […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Vietnam War Grand Marshal Frank Vinales

Frank Vinales joined the Army right after high school at the age of 17 and had to obtain his parents’ permission to do so. He said he wanted to do something to protect our country through war service. After joining, he went to jungle school in Panama, to reconnaissance school and became a machine gun […]

MEDIA ADVISORY: Looking forward to Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th

For Immediate Release Nov. 3, 2016 For information contact:  Paula Pedene 480-772-2934 Parade Celebrates 20 Years with Theme “Welcome Home Vietnam Heroes” 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. Time:  LIVE Shots available from 4:30 to 9 […]


Educating our youth about the sacrifices and service our military veterans provide is a part of the mission of the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. So, the non-profit parade organizers Honoring Arizona’s Veterans once again hosted the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Essay Contest this year as part of the education effort. Open to all high-school-age students […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Operation Iraqi Freedom Grand Marshal Jeremiah Gallegos

Jeremiah Gallegos feels every generation seems to have its war, and he’s “honored and surprised” he was selected to represent his generation as the Veteran Grand Marshal for OIF. The Arizona native grew up around his late grandfather, Pete Villegas, who was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and instilled national pride […]


Veterans Day 2016 is just around the corner! As the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade team puts the finishing touches on the plans for the 20th annual parade, we thought it would be prudent to take a look at some memorable words from some noteworthy individuals about veterans. Please enjoy them as you make plans to […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Operation Enduring Freedom Grand Marshal Jay Darby

For Jay Darby, a self-proclaimed “rebellious teenager,” the Army represented a chance to straighten his life out. Enlisting at 17, Darby evidently did much more than just that, as the next 33-1/2 years of his life was dedicated to serving his country, earning him numerous awards that included a Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service […]