Arizona 2017 Veterans Day Events

Anthem – Veterans Memorial Celebration
Nov. 11, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Location: Anthem Veterans Memorial, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem, AZ 85086

Parking in the upper lot and seating is reserved for veterans and those needing special accommodations. Please bring lawn chairs and blankets; parking is available in middle and lower lots, across the footbridge at the Community Center, and at commercial plazas nearby.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with the solar spotlight through the five ellipses of the Armed Services pillars onto the glass mosaic of the Great Seal of the United States (weather permitting) at 11:11 a.m.

Sgt. Major Jennifer L. Simmons (USMC) will present the keynote address. Simmons conducted three overseas deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most recently, Sgt. Major Simmons served as the Battalion Sergeant Major for Wounded Warrior Battalion West, headquartered at Camp Pendleton, CA. Shana Edwards, a Prescott High School junior, will read her award-winning essay, “Courage.” Edwards was the Voice of Democracy Arizona state winner and represented our state at the VFW’s national competition in Washington D.C.

Gilbert – Veterans Day Ceremony
Hours: November 9, 2017 11:00 a.m.
Location: Civic Center Campus- Gilbert Road just south of Warner Road
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Thanks you to the support of local Gilbert restaurants, a free lunch will be served following the ceremony. Beverages will also be available at no charge, thanks to the donations of the event sponsors. Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend. Parking will be available at the Civic Center campus-50 E. Civic Center Drive.

Glendale 14th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony
Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, November 11
Location: Glendale Main Library Auditorium, 5959 W. Brown St., Glendale
Cost: Free

This hour-long ceremony features a keynote speech by Chief Master Sergeant John Sawyer from Luke Air Force Base, followed by a flag raising ceremony and light refreshments.

Website: http://www.glendaleaz.com/veterans.cfm

Goodyear Veterans Day Tribute
Hours: 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11
Location: Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear
Cost: Free

Pay tribute to our veterans with a ceremony featuring military displays and public performances, a keynote speaker and an interactive flag garden.

Website: http://www.goodyearaz.gov/

Mesa – East Valley Veterans Parade
Hours: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11
Location: W. University Drive and N. Center Street
Cost: 
Free

Starts at W. University Drive and N. Center Street. It heads south to W. First Street and then west to end at N. Robson.

While it takes place in Mesa, this privately funded parade pulls more than 2,000 participants and 40,000 spectators from all over the East Valley. They bring patriotic floats, marching bands, a range of vintage military vehicles and the signature Fallen Soldier Memorial, plus fly-overs by vintage WWII planes and plenty more excitement.

After the parade, head over to the Mesa Arts Center for a free Veterans’ Benefit Concert.

Website: http://evvp.org/

Mesa – Veterans’ Benefit Concert
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, November 11
Location: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St, Mesa
Cost: Free

Following the East Valley Veterans Parade, the Veterans’ Benefit Concert will start. It features live entertainment from bands like Walt Richardson, Robby Roberson Band and smootmahooty, plus food trucks and more. Any donations will go to the Housing Our Heroes program for homeless veterans.

Mesa 11th Annual Gathering of Legends
Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 12
Location: Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Rd, Mesa
Cost: $15 adults, $5 kids 5 to 12, $12 seniors, free of kids 5 and under

Gathering of Legends Description:

Get up close and personal with generations of defenders — veterans of wars and conflicts from WWII to the current day — in a unique setting surrounded by aircraft and artifacts from their time. Learn about vital time periods in our nation’s history and the experiences of the military aviation veterans who experienced it all.  Special guest speaker, John Mollison, creator and host of the on-demand series “Old Guys and Their Airplanes.”

Website: https://www.azcaf.org/

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade
Hours: November 11th, 2017  11:00 a.m.
Location: The parade starts at Montebello and Central runs southbound, then turns East on Camelback Road, and then turns South on 7th Street and de-stages at Indian School Road.
Cost: Free

More than 45,000 spectators will line the streets of downtown Phoenix to watch 2,500 participants. The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade is produced by the Honoring Arizona’s Veterans, a non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing public support for our veterans, connecting our veterans with resources, and assisting organizations serving our veterans.

Website: https://www.phoenixveteransdayparade.org/

Phoenix Annual Veterans Day Gourd Dance & Community Potluck
Hours: November 11, 2017 11:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Location: Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park 4619 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034
Admission: Free

Join us to honor the memory of all Veterans who served our nation. Gourd Dancing starts at 11:30 a.m.

Website: http://www.pueblogrande.com

Prescott – 2017 Veterans Day Parade
Hours: Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: 120 S. Cortez St Prescott, AZ 86303
Cost: Free

Join the City of Prescott, Bob Stump Northern Arizona VA Medical Center and APS in celebrating 2017 VETERANS DAY PARADE Saturday, November 11, 2017

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the stage at Cortez and Union Streets. The Parade will begin at 11:00am with a brief stop in front of the stage at 11:11 am.

Parade route will begin at Willis St and Cortez St, south to Goodwin St, west to Montezuma and Historic Whiskey Row and then norh on Montezuma to Sheldon.

Entries for the Parade are free. For information or an interest in participating this year, please contact Michelle Stacy-Schroeder at 928-777-1552 or at michelle.stacy-schroeder@prescott-az.gov

Prescott Red White & Blue Veterans Day Fundraiser Bash
Hours: Sat, 2017-11-11 19:00
Location: 7301 East Butherus Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Cost: Tickets $45 Individual, $35 Student

Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-white-blue-veterans-day-fundraiser-bash-tickets-38422159714. Build us H.O.P.E. presents The RED, WHITE & BLUE Veteran’s Day Benefit Bash! Join Build us H.O.P.E. and ASU GreenLight Solutions for an exclusive VETERAN’S DAY BENEFIT BASH, raising funds to build affordable and sustainable TINY HOMES for Vets! Tickets: $45 Individual, $35 Student. (VIP Sponsorship packages available – contact events@buildushope.org)

To learn more about the Scottsdale Red White & Blue Veterans Day Fundraiser Bash click here

Sierra Vista – 23rd Annual Veterans Day Parade
Hours: November 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Beginning at 7th Street and ending at Veterans Memorial Park

The City of Sierra Vista’s 23rd Annual Veterans Day Parade will be held on Saturday, November 11. The parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. The parade route will run down Fry Boulevard, beginning at 7th Street and ending at Veterans Memorial Park. A short ceremony will follow in the park.

For more information, call (520) 458-7922 or email Events@SierraVistaAZ.gov.

Surprise Veterans Day Parade & Pancake Breakfast
Location: Begins at Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. pancake breakfast; 9:30 a.m. parade on Friday, November 11
Cost: Free for parade; $4 pancake breakfast

The city of Surprise hosts its second annual parade with marching bands, patriotic groups and more. Before the parade, treat yourself to a pancake breakfast catered by Nick’s Diner.

Website: Parade flyer

Tempe Veterans Day Parade
Hours: 10 a.m. on Friday, November 10
Location: Mill Ave., Tempe from ASU Gammage to Tempe Beach Park
Cost: Free

This year, the parade is Friday, November 10th.

All community members are invited to the annual Veterans Day Parade along Mill Avenue. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at ASU Gammage and travel north to Tempe Beach Park. Join in the patriotic fun of this hometown tradition!

Website: Tempe Veterans Day Parade/

Tucson – 98th Annual Tucson Veterans Day Parade
Hours:Saturday, November 11th, At 11 a.m.
Location:Parade begins downtown at West Alameda Street and Granada Avenue

Join the American Legion Morgan McDermott Post 7 and the City of Tucson in recognizing current members of our military and veterans at the ninety-eighth annual Tucson Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m.  The theme this year is “For the hearts of veterans.”

This year’s Grand Marshal is Adolfo “Harpo” Celaya, one of the survivors of the USS Indianapolis.  Harpo survived for five days holding onto a raft after the USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine just after midnight on July 30, 1945.

Parade participants will start assembling at 8 a.m. The parade begins downtown at West Alameda Street and Granada Avenue and heads east on West Alameda Street and turns onto North Stone Avenue, then onto West Franklin Street. From West Franklin Street, participants will continue on North Church Avenue and then to West Sixth Street. From Sixth Street, parade participants will head south on North Granada Avenue and return to the staging point on West Alameda Street.

2 Comments

  1. We honor our Veterans that have served and are currently serving in the Military today and every day for the stand for Americas best!
    Bless you all and keep you safe.
    Those that do not respect our American flag (in my opinion) should leave our USA for they are disrespecting all soldiers that served and lost their lives.
    May America be strong and thankful to our beloved Military that sacrifice their lives every day for us!

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