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 […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Cold War Grand Marshal Bernard O’Keefe

Bernie O’Keefe was in his first semester in college and “wasn’t crazy about it,” as he puts it. He wanted to start his life and wanted direction, particularly because things were getting pretty serious with his girlfriend, Pat (with whom O’Keefe just celebrated 45 years of marriage). “I am the oldest of 10 kids,” he […]

ABOUT THIS YEAR’S PARADE THEME: Just what WAS the Cold War, anyway?

Honoring Arizona’s Veterans is recognizing our Cold War veterans this year with the 2017 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade theme, “Silent Sacrifice: Honoring our Cold War Veterans.” Many of our younger generation might not be really clear on just what the Cold War was, as it certainly is different from other conflicts in which the United […]

Silent Sacrifice: Honoring Our Cold War Veterans

Who:  Honoring Cold War Veterans, those who served from 1955 until 1991 What:  Phoenix Veterans Day Parade, presented by Honoring Arizona’s Veterans When:  Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, at 11 a.m. Where:  Parade route runs southbound on Central Avenue starting at Montebello, turns east onto Camelback Road and then south on 7th Street, ending at […]

PROFILES IN COURAGE: KTAR reports on Phoenix Veterans Day Cold War Grand Marshal Diana Pike

We are honored that KTAR News has chosen to feature each of our 2016 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshals in their “Profiles in Courage” feature. In this installment, Cold War Grand Marshal Diana Pike can’t fight back the tears as she not only recalls her service – but that of those who have fallen, […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Cold War Grand Marshal Diana Pike

Diana Pike is an Army veteran, mentor, executive and Gold Star Mom. No stranger to challenges, Pike had a difficult start growing up in Compton, California, but knew she wanted more from life. So a week after graduating from high school in 1975, she joined the Women’s Army Corps.   After basic training, she attended Morse […]