We had nearly 100 entries for our essay contest this year! Writing to the theme of “OUT OF THE TRENCHES: A Century of Remembrance – WWI 1918,” students were judged on Creative Writing, Grammar, Originality, Content, and Theme Focus. The winners will receive cash prizes courtesy of Durant’s Restaurant, a ride in the parade, winning

2021-02-18T09:34:13-07:00October 29th, 2018|


World War I Doughboys

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armistice signing and honors the memory of those who fought in World War I.

Known as the “war to end all wars,” World War I or the Great War was one of the deadliest

2021-02-18T09:37:19-07:00October 29th, 2018|

MEET OUR MARSHALS: World War II Grand Marshal Mike Rizzo*

* PARADE ORGANIZERS’ NOTE: We are very saddened to learn that Mike Rizzo has passed away. We were fortunate he was able to attend our “Meet the Grand Marshals” event in September, and are honored that his family will be making the trip to Phoenix to take his place in the 2018 Parade in his

2021-02-18T09:45:50-07:00October 22nd, 2018|

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Vietnam War Grand Marshal Santo Graziano

You might say Santo Graziano was born into the U.S. Army. His father was a Commander in the Army and was stationed in Italy during World War II, where he met and married an Italian girl, and young Santo was born. After graduating from college, Graziano and his brother decided to follow in their father’s

2021-02-18T09:49:25-07:00October 17th, 2018|

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Cold War Grand Marshal Anthony Irby

Anthony Irby was just out of high school when he joined the U.S. Army in 1988, towards the end of the Cold War. Just a year earlier, President Ronald Reagan had delivered his famous “tear down this wall” speech, and the dissolution of the USSR was looming in early 1990.

That same year, however, another conflict arose,

2021-02-18T09:52:29-07:00October 15th, 2018|

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Desert Storm Grand Marshal Gene Wood

Gene Wood is a proud veteran who served as an advisor to the Army and the National Guard in the southeast part of the United States. His experience includes helicopter mechanics, a leadership role as Crew Chief, as well as advisor to the Technical Assistance and Fielding Team (TAFT) between the Saudi Arabian and United

2021-02-18T09:53:59-07:00October 9th, 2018|

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Operation Enduring Freedom Grand Marshal Ian Parkinson

“If there’s one thing that’s held true my entire life, it’s that I wanted to stand up for my country. Afghanistan is where I was given the opportunity to do just that,” says 28-year-old Ian Parkinson. He was inspired by his family’s long history of military service: father and uncles, Vietnam-era veterans; grandfathers, World War

2021-02-18T09:55:12-07:00October 3rd, 2018|

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Operation Iraqi Freedom Grand Marshal Abby Malchow

Whether it’s equality, suicide prevention, community engagement or bravery, when it comes to veterans, Abby Malchow is there. She is a proud Iraq war veteran who deployed to Fallujah and Ramadi in 2006 with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40, where she led an all-male crew that included three Iraqis. Post-deployment, the Navy Logistics Specialist joined

2021-02-18T09:56:23-07:00October 3rd, 2018|
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