Veteran’s Day celebrations around Arizona

Across the state, Arizonans are planning to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our county.

Phoenix area

Salute Our Troops Run

A 10K, 5K and Family Fun Run with vendor expo, bounce houses, Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard, professional sports team mascot appearances, kids craft area, music, special guest appearances, a military honor wall. 91-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran Marvin Rewerts will be honored. The Greater Cause Foundation raises money to support and honor our active military and veterans. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits the Military Assistance Mission, a local non-profit that provides financial and morale support to active duty military, their families and wounded warriors.10K starts at 8:30 a.m., 5K starts at 8:45 a.m., fun run starts at 9:45 a.m. Registration closed November 8.
Saturday, November 9
Place: Estrella Lakeside, Goodyear
Starting Time for Event: 7 a.m. check-in
Get More Information and Register: online

Veterans Day Run

The Veterans Day Run is part of the City of Peoria Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony. It is a 5K run, along with a Family Fun Walk and Kids’ Mile Run.
Saturday, November 9
Place: Rio Vista Recreation Center
Starting Time for Event: 7:30 a.m. check-in
Cost: Entry fee for run and walk, register online.
Get More Information: online

Veterans Tribute Ride

An expected 500 motorcycle enthusiasts and the community will come together at the Veterans Tribute Ride to honor all branches of our armed services and our veterans. Proceeds benefit Operation Santa Claus and other Arizona charities. Veterans Tribute Ceremony at noon, 12:30 p.. ride starts. Honor Stop: Wesley Bolin Plaza. Ride finish and after party at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral in Cave Creek. Live musical entertainment.
Saturday, November 9
Place: Sanderson Ford, 5111 W. Maryland Ave,, Glendale for live bands and start of Tribute Ride
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m. ride registration opens
Cost: Entry fee is $30 per biker, $50/2 includes dinner and party admission for each registered biker
Get More Information: online

Avondale

Veterans Day Ceremony

A concert provided by the Back Porch Bandits and a barbecue on the lawn.
Monday, November 11
Place: Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Veterans and their families eat free. All other attendees eat for $5 each.
Get More Information: online

Goodyear

Veteran’s Day Parade

The parade will begin on Clubhouse Drive at Tuscany Falls Clubhouse and will continue across PebbleCreek Parkway to end at the Armed Forces Plaza near the Eagle’s Next Club House. See pictures of the parade.
Monday, November 11
Place: Tuscany Falls Clubhouse (beginning site), 16262 Clubhouse Drive Goodyear
Starting Time for Event: 9 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: Not available.

Gilbert

Veterans Day Ceremony
The guest speaker for this year’s ceremony is Rick Romley, President Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, former Maricopa County Attorney. The Williams Field High School Band will play patriotic music at 11 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. and last for approximately 30 minutes. Following the ceremony, a complimentary lunch will be served to all in attendance. A flyover by a Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer is planned.
Thursday, November 7
Place: Gilbert Municipal Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, southeast of Gilbert and Warner Roads
Starting Time for Event: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Higley Unified School District Veterans Day
American Legion, Buffalo Soldiers, Patriot Guard Riders, music by Higley High School students, a flyover, a POW/MIA ceremony, and speeches. The keynote speaker is retired LTC James Megellas, author of “All The Way to Berlin,” and the most decorated war officer in the 82nd Airborne. Rear Admiral James A. Symonds, who commanded the USS Ronald Reagan, will return for his third appearance.
Friday, November 8
Place: Higley High School Football Stadium, 2935 S. Recker Rd., Gilbert
Starting Time for Event: 9 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

East Valley

Veterans Parade

The Military Veterans Parade Association (MVPA) is a small, all-volunteer non-profit that has been putting on the East Valley Veterans Parade since 2006 to honor our community’s military veterans, active military and their families. Over 100 entries will participate including military vehicles, WW II tanks, Grand Marshall Colonel Joey Strickland – US Army Retired, the Fallen Soldier Memorial, USS Arizona replica, Junior ROTC groups, military support groups, Mesa and Gilbert high school marching bands, East Valley city and town dignitaries, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, and equestrian groups. More than 35,000 are expected to attend. Dignitaries will speak at 10:45 a.m. and the Parade begins at 11 a.m. with a fly-over by the Commemorative Air Force’s selection of vintage military aircraft. Lasts about 1-1/2 hours. The parade begins in Downtown Mesa at the corner of 8th Street and Center Street and travels south on Center street to 1st Avenue.
Saturday, November 9
Place: Downtown Mesa
Starting Time for Event: 10:45 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Apache Junction

Veterans Day Ceremony
Superstition Harley Davidson Veterans Ceremony, Color Guard, Raising of the flags, National Anthem. Part of the Festival of the Superstitions. See pictures of the parade.
Sunday, November 10
Place: Apache Junction Chamber
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Mesa

Patriotic Concert
The Salt River Brass annual tribute to America including patriotic selections.
Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m.
Place: Mesa Arts Center
Starting Time for Event: 3 p.m.
Cost: $15 – $20 general admission
Get More Information: online

Scottsdale

Veterans Day at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

This memorial will include dignitaries, guest speakers and live performances to honor our country and the people who serve it. Dr. Connie Mariano, a former Physician to the President, will be the keynote speaker. She served under both Presidents Bush and Clinton. She is the first military woman to become the White House Physician to the President, the first woman director of the White House Medical Unit, and the first Filipino American in U.S. history to become a Navy rear admiral. The Veterans Day event also will feature Arizona National Guard Adjutant General Michael T. McGuire and the 108th Army National Guard Band. The program is free and open to the public.
Monday, November 11
Place: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, southeast corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale Roads
Starting Time for Event: 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Tempe

Veterans Day Parade

Tempe will celebrate veterans with the annual Veterans Day Parade. The parade runs north on Mill Avenue from ASU Gammage to Tempe Beach Park. Veterans, high school bands, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and community members will participate in the parade. See pictures of the parade.
Monday, November 11
Place: ASU Gammage at Mill Avenue
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Tucson

7th annual Veterans Day celebration

The ‘One Stop Shop’ will offer resources for anyone who served in the military and their families. Resources range from healthcare to education to employment. For the first time veterans can get job interviews with companies on the spot. Bands, a car show, and vets sharing their stories; there will also be activities for the children – from face painting to pony rides.
Saturday, November 9
Place: VA Medical Center (3601 S. Sixth Avenue).
Starting time for the event: Noon to 4 p.m.
The event is open to veterans, active duty military and their families

Tucson Veterans Day Parade 2013

Monday, November 11th
Downtown Tucson
11:00 a.m.

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