Hundreds recognize veterans at Phoenix 'Honor Walk'

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Phoenix Sunday to commemorate veterans, particularly those from Arizona who died during their service.

The 2014 Honor Walk kicked off with a special ceremony, and then participants walked a 5K loop through downtown. The walk included a stop at at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza.

“We're walking for our son, Daniel," said Jody Jackson, who was at the event with her daughter-in-law and grandson. "He's currently deployed in Afghanistan and his son was born while he's been there."

Three sisters walked to honor their father, who was caught behind the lines during World War II. They encouraged Americans to keep remembering what others have sacrificed for their freedom.

Patricia Mastropolo dressed up as a World War II nurse and her husband wore fatigues for the occasion.

“We are able to live the way we do today because of the sacrifices and the bravery and the courage (of) these men and women," Mastropolo said. "So we wanted to come out and make sure that we support the veterans and the people who are still fighting today."

The Honor Walk Foundation will donate a portion of the proceeds from Sunday's event to two nonprofit organizations serving veterans.