PHOENIX VETERANS DAY PARADE
Join 45,000+ spectators as we honor United States veterans on November 11th, 2023 @ 11 a.m.! The parade starts on Central Avenue just south of Bethany Home Road. It then turns east on Camelback Road, then south again on 7th Street.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2022 VETERAN'S GRAND MARSHALS
HONOR OUR HEROES PROGRAM
2022 Veterans Grand Marshals
Samuel Weinstein’s courage and resolve epitomize America’s Greatest Generation.
He enlisted in the Army in 1943 at age 19, one of nine children raised during the depths of the Depression. He wanted to be a paratrooper but was denied because the gear he had to carry weighed more than his wiry 119-pound frame.
Instead, he became a rifleman and saw combat in France as a member of Company E of the 103rd Infantry Division. It didn’t take long for Weinstein to distinguish himself.
On Jan. 4, 1945, near Behren, France, heavy fire forced his patrol to withdraw. Weinstein, by that time a sergeant, dragged a wounded soldier to cover, where he administered first aid. He carried him over 200 yards of exposed terrain through small arms fire to safety.
Weinstein placed the injured soldier on a passing tank and directed it to an aid station. He then returned to the fight. Months of combat ensued, and on patrol near Offuviller, France, Weinstein was shot in the mouth by a German sniper.
He dropped his rifle and ran across the road. Remembering what he had learned in basic training to “keep your piece with you at all times,” he ran across the road, retrieved his rifle, and again found cover.
By this time his tongue was swelling, and he could not breathe. The medics got him to an aid station, performed a tracheotomy, and saved his life. Weinstein had a trachea tube for roughly six months. He was hospitalized in Europe and the U.S. He lost several teeth from the sniper’s bullet, and his wounds required reconstructive surgery.
“My father is a true patriot and loves his country,” said his daughter and nominator, Lori Bruggeman. “Family is the most important thing to him. He grew up during the Depression and learned great work ethic and passed that on to his children.”
After recovering from his wounds, Weinstein became a sheet metal worker and spent about 40 years in the heating and air conditioning business. He is a survivor of lung and prostate cancer and at age 98, recently recovered from a fractured pelvis and hip replacement.
Although he continues to battle lung cancer, Weinstein lives independently. He has high praise for the VA Hospital for taking care of him not just after World War II but throughout the years.
“If I had to sum up my father in a few words … he is a survivor and my hero,” Bruggeman said.
2022 Special Marshals
David Carrasco says he chose to enlist in the Air Force because his future as a teenager looked grim, and the Air Force gave him security and the chance for a brighter future. Upon enlistment, he was assigned as a Security Policeman, safeguarding B-47s and then B-52s. Other duties included the safeguarding of nuclear weapons. As time progressed, he was assigned to Law Enforcement and spent one year in Investigations. In the latter part of 1966, he was assigned to a K-9 Unit, and in December of that same year, he went to Vietnam. During his time in Vietnam, he lost his best friend, and sadly an Army Military Policeman passed on as he held his hand, and he never knew his name. For many years he found it hard to deal with those losses in life and with people. In 2005 he joined the American Legion and volunteered on their Color Guard unit. Their duties included the rendering of full military honors, and they also gave support to other veteran organizations. Touched by this experience, he formed a Color Guard group of veterans attending many veteran functions. In September of 2008, they became an official veteran’s service organization. We were known as the POW/MIA/KIA Honor Guard, which stands for Prisoners of War, Missing in Action, and Killed In Action. “At that time, we had no flags or dress uniform but wore camouflage clothing. Because of my personal experiences in Vietnam, I wanted to support the families who lost a loved one and the difficulty they sometimes face in never having closure with the loss of that loved one,” he said. For the past 17 years, their Honor Guard has rendered full military Honors at funerals and is part of many events and activities, including an award-winning Honor Guard entry in the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. Carrasco was awarded the Bronze Star for ignoring orders to stay clear of an area and instead going into harm’s way to ensure that each Sentry Dog Team was safe. No Sentry Dog team was injured, and he could account for all team members. He adds, “There is an old military saying: I left Vietnam, but Vietnam never left me. To me, that is so very true. The loss of my best friend and the unknown MP is always with me. For me to stand in a formation and to render military honors for those who have gone before me is an honor, and I feel it is my duty and responsibility to do so.” David Carrasco’s service to numerous military, veteran, and nonprofit organizations earn him this unique distinction as a Veterans Community Grand Marshal.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ESSAY WINNERS FOR 2022
Veterans wear the American flag with honor so that we can hang the flag with pride. The United States can prosper because of heroes. America would not be in this position without a great deal of veteran sacrifice. Many soldiers lost their lives to bring liberty to the United States, and many continue to fight to maintain freedom for the American people. In modern times Americans tend to fail to appreciate veterans; Americans will enjoy the freedom but do not see the determination, honor, and loyalty veterans have for our country. The veterans have built the foundation for Americans. Their sacrifice protects the Constitution our Founding Fathers forged for our country. Like G.K. Chesterton said: “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” The veterans are loyal to America so our American children can grow with endless opportunities and safety. The beloved freedom that America built would not have been possible if it were not for the veterans sacrificing their lives for this country. Veterans have constructed this foundation by sacrificing their own liberty, their health, and in some cases, their life. In fact, my brother-in-law and my aunt have served in the Marines and Army, respectively. Having members in the family who served in the military has made me appreciate veterans because you see firsthand the hardship the family and the veteran go through. My brother-in-law has shared some stories of the early mornings in hot and muggy South Carolina. He served in the Marines for eight years and is currently serving with the Border Patrol. He has become a role model for me because he went through hardships and sleepless nights for a cause bigger than himself. My aunt immigrated to America at the age of 12; She immediately fell in love with America’s values and what we stand for. When she grew up, she decided to join the Army and be part of the same heroes she idolized. Veterans and the current military keep this country going. Too many Americans have become accustomed to liberty our courageous veterans have won for us. American Veterans earn, honor and sacrifice for the American Flag on their shoulder so that American citizens can fly the flag with pride, respect, and, most importantly, liberty.
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Started in 1997, the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade honors the contributions of our United States Veterans. It helps build a patriotic Phoenix community spirit that recognizes veterans’ sacrifices for our country. The Parade couldn’t happen without the generous support of our community, the parade organizers, the Honoring Arizona’s Veterans board, and our parade participants.
The parade is managed and presented by Honoring America’s Veterans, a non-profit (501c3). The Parade Coordinator is Paula Pedene, who leads a tireless team of partners, vendors, and volunteers to create a memorable event each year.
The Parade theme changes each year::
- Liberty, Honor, and Sacrifice – 2022
- Waving the Flag of Freedom 0 2021
- USA: A Beacon of Liberty – 2020
- Out of the TRENCHES. A Century of Remembrance | WWI 1918 – 2018
- Silent Sacrifice – Honoring Our Cold War Veterans – 2017
- Welcome Home Vietnam Heroes, Celebrating our 20th Year – 2016
- No Longer Forgotten, Honoring our Korean War Veterans – 2015
- Duty, Honor, Sacrifice, Celebrating our World War II Veterans –2014
- Saluting America’s Veterans 2013
- Healing Wounds, Honoring Their Sacrifice – 2012
- Veteran’s – Our Resilient Heroes – 2011
- Defending Freedom – Protecting Dreams – 2010
- Home of the Free – Because of the Brave – 2009
- Serving With Honor – 2008
- Hearts of Valor – 2007
- Americas Veterans, Heroes through the decades Our 10th Year – 2006
- Serving Home and Abroad, “Honoring our World War II Veterans”–2005
- Remembering Their Sacrifice – 2004
- Heroes One and All – 2003
- With Honor, Pride, and Patriotism – 2002
- Freedom Isn’t Free-2001
- Freedom Marches On – 2000
- Celebrating Our Freedom – 1999
- Let Freedom Ring – 1998
- Salute to Patriots – 1997
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What is a veteran?
An active duty, retired or honorably discharded person who has served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.