On Nov. 11, 2013, the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m.
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The NEW parade route will head south on Central Avenue from Montebello Drive to Camelback Road; turn east on Camelback Road to 7th Street; turn south on 7th Street and end at Indian School Road. The parade will end at approximately 2 p.m.
The following street closures and restrictions will be in effect from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. with exception of Central Avenue which will close at 7:30 a.m. between Bethany Home Road and Missouri Street for parade staging.
•Central Avenue: Closure from Missouri Street to Mariposa Street; limited to local access at Indian School Road for northbound traffic up to Mariposa Street.
•Camelback Road: Closure from Central Avenue to 8th Place; limited to local access at 12th Street for westbound traffic up to 8th Street.
•Missouri Street: Closure from 3rd Avenue to 4th Street; limited to local access at 7th Avenue for eastbound traffic up to 1st Avenue; limited to local access at 7th Street for westbound traffic to 1st Street.
•7th Street: Closure from Indian School Road to Pasadena Avenue; limited to local access at Bethany Home Road for Southbound traffic up to 300 ft. North of Camelback Rd. (starting at 10 a. m. closure from Indian School to Osborn Rd.)
•Highland Avenue: Limited to local access at 12th Street for westbound traffic to 8th Street.
•Indian School Road: Stating at 10 p.m. closure from 9th Street to 3rd Street.
Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Returns on Nov. 11
•November 11, 2013, Veterans Day
The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade will start with a flyover by WWII Biplanes flown by Fred Gorrell and his Thunder Flying Group.
On the ground, the parade will begin with the large Heroes Flag, a 30 x 60 foot flag that moves down parade route tautly carried by 30 volunteers.
All total, there are 86 parade entries consisting of nearly a dozen bands, 10 floats, marching units, military vehicles, Color Guards, ROTC units, a canine unit, and several novelty units. The parade began in 1997 and is now in its 17th year. This year’s theme is “Saluting America’s Veterans.”
Veterans Grand Marshals for the parade include:
•Jack Moseley, World War II Veteran, Gunner, US Air Force, Scottsdale
•Kenneth Jordan, Korean War Veteran, Combat Infantry, US Army, Wickenburg
•Col. Gobel James, Vietnam War Veteran and ex-Prisoner of War, Pilot, US Air Force, Scottsdale
•Mary Ellen Kenworthy, Cold War, medical service, US Air Force, Phoenix
•Juan and Christine Martinez, husband and wife, Desert Storm, US Navy Boatswains mates, Chandler
•Luis Narvais III, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Infantry, US Marine Corps, Glendale
•Brian Mancini, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Infantry, US Army, Surprise
Celebrity Grand Marshals are the Patriotic Rock Band Madison Rising, whose vocalist Dave Bray served in the U.S. Navy for four years as an 8404 FMF Corpsman for 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines.
Other parade dignitaries include Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Alfred Rascon, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick; Secretary of State Ken Bennett; Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery who also serves as an advisor to the board of Honoring Arizona’s Veterans, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton as Phoenix Community Grand Marshal; Phoenix Vice Mayor Bill Gates; APS/Palo Verde Senior Vice President Jeff Guldner as Business Community Grand Marshal; Lexe Richardson, Ms. Teen United States Grand Marshal; and Melanie Britton, Ms. Magnificent Woman International Grand Marshal.
Now presented by Honoring Arizona’s Veterans the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade has grown to become one of the most attended Veterans Day Parades in the nation.
Arizona Public Service and Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Plant are stepping up as Commander Level top tier sponsors.
You can follow the parade on Social Media at #PhxVetsDayParade or via Facebook.