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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 …

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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 …

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HOW IT FEELS TO SUPPORT THE VETERANS DAY PARADE: Bank of America speaks out

Honoring Arizona’s Veterans and the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade are so grateful for all our sponsors – without which the Parade would never happen! The team at one of our new sponsors this year, Bank of America, took the time to write about what it means to be involved:   Bank of America Elevates Veteran …

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Cold War Veterans Focus of the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade for 2017

Parade Celebrates 21 Years with Theme “Silent Sacrifice” Glowing with tributes to our nation’s true heroes, our veterans, the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade will once again be presented by Honoring Arizona’s Veterans (HAV). Time: LIVE Shots available from 5:30 to 9 a.m. Time: Parade start 11 a.m., open to media Date: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 …

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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SERVICE MEMBER: The point of view from someone currently serving

Our veterans have the advantage of hindsight when it comes to looking back on their time in the military and what it meant. But what does serving mean to someone currently in the armed forces? Like many of our veterans can undoubtedly relate to, Nicola Balletto – an Arizonan who is now a Sergeant in …

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MEET OUR MARSHALS: Arizona Pageant Queen Grand Marshal Katie Schaaf

Katie Schaaf of Glendale, Arizona, is the daughter of Lt Col Brian Schaaf, USAF (ret.) and Lisa Schaaf (also a USAF veteran).  She was crowned Miss High School America 2017 this summer in Little Rock, Arkansas. Over 150 young ladies from around the United States competed for the titles Miss High School America, Miss Jr. High …

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MEET OUR MARSHALS: Business Community Grand Marshal Craig Opel

Lieutenant Colonel Craig Opel (USMC ret.), served 24 years in the United States Marine Corps, from 1976 to 2000. He entered the Naval Academy in 1972 as a midshipman and was commissioned a 2/LT USMC in June 1976. During his career he served in all three Marine Expeditionary Forces, Headquarters Marine Corps, Marine Barracks 8th & …

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