Phoenix Veterans Day Parade begins at 11 a.m.

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The Veterans Day Parade in Phoenix is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

This year's parade theme is "Duty, Honor Sacrifice, Celebrating our World War II Veterans. 

With more than 100 entries, this year's parade will have a special float with nearly 40 World War II Veterans.  

The parade will also feature 16 floats, 9 color guards, 7 High School bands, 6 novelty units, several Veterans Service Organizations and much, much more. 

The parade is presented by Honoring Arizona's Veterans.

Katherine Brooks, President of HAV says, "The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade is a fitting tribute to our brave military men and women, and it is our honor to thank our Veterans, to honor those who served our country and to ensure the service and sacrifice of our heroes is never forgotten."

Now In its 18th year, the parade is one of the premier Veterans Day events in the nation, with tens of thousands of spectators.

Parade Grand Marshals

  • World War II Veteran Jack Holder, who is also a Pearl Harbor Survivor
  • Korean War Veteran Jay Laner, US Air Force
  • Vietnam Veteran, Col. Fred Cone, US Marine Corps who is also a member of the Aviation Hall of Fame and Navy Cross Recipient
  • Cold War Veteran, Bob Jones, US Navy
  • Desert Storm Veteran Daniel Way, First Sergeant US Army National Guard
  • Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Grand Marshal Ernest Urquieta, Major US Army
  • Business Community Grand Marshal, Hal Pittman, US Navy Admiral (ret) and Vice President of External Communications at APS
  • Celebrity Grand Marshals Mac & Gaydos, KTAR News 92.3FM

The parade will also feature the three essay winners who will ride in the "Fire Up Freedom" fire truck.  Madeleine Holler, 11th grade, Imagine Prep at Surprise, 1st place; and two students from Seton Catholic Preparatory High School, Chandler; Jason Cusimano, 11th grade, 2nd place and Chelsey Eze, 12th grade, 3rd place.

The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade route runs southbound on Central Avenue starting at Montebello, turns East onto Camelback Road and turns South on 7th Street ending at Indian School Road.

The Parade is designed to help commemorate and honor our Veterans and to educate Americans about the service and sacrifices our Veterans have made to protect our freedoms.