Commemorating Pearl Harbor Day

Join us December 9th, 2023

Join us December 9th, 2023 as we host the Commemorating Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony with a World War II biplane flyover, wreath layings and more!

Time: Noon

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023

Place: Wesley Bolin Plaza Stadium, 1700 West Washington, Phoenix

We are looking for volunteers!

All hands man your battle stations! For anyone who is willing to help us prepare our Commemoration, please sign up here:

Commemorating Pearl Horbor:
“A Date Which Will Live In Infamy”

This is a personal story from 103 year old, U.S. Army – Air Corps veteran Ed Miklavic about that fateful day on Dec. 7, 1942.

Ed will place the Pearl Harbor Survivors wreath at the Commemorating Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony hosted by Honoring America’s Veterans at noon on Dec. 9 at Wesley Bolin Plaza.

Honoring America’s Veterans is delighted to have Ian Parkinson as our Keynote Speaker at this year’s ceremony.

2023 Pearl Harbor Day Keynote Speaker, Ian Parkinson

Ian Parkinson enlisted in the Army in April 2009, at the age of 19, completing his basic training and infantry school at Fort Benning, GA, which was proceeded by airborne school.
 
His first duty station was at K-16 airbase in South Korea for a year. While in Korea, he served with both American and KATUSA (Korean Augmentee To the U.S. Army) soldiers in which they trained, and guarded a high valued military installation. From there, he was stationed at Fort Drum, New York with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).
 
In the spring of 2011, he deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan; there he was part of a team that regularly conducted dismount (foot) patrols with the objectives of engaging Taliban forces, building rapport with the locals, and stabilizing the area of threats through security, local villager’s trust & support, and clearing IEDs (improvised explosive device).
 
On June 6th, 2011, while returning to base from a patrol, he stepped on an IED that took both of his legs above the knee, and inflicted a variety of other injuries including: Traumatic Brain Injury, fractured pelvis, shattered elbow, and shrapnel inflicted wounds. He was stabilized, and ultimately underwent major surgeries, and roughly 1 ½ years of physical rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center, TX (now San Antonio Military Medical Center).
 
During the rehab process, he re-learned to walk with the use of prosthetic legs, and regained complete mobility and function. In 2013, he was medically retired from the Army, and pursued a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University, and works as an independent web developer.
Mary is a noted advocate for the ideals of freedom and free enterprise. Most of all, Mary is a singer who will make you love your country again.

2023 National Anthem Singer, Award Winning Artist  Mary Millben

Award-winning International Singer Mary Millben is a story of the American dream, and a brand rooted in God, American patriotism, and love of country. A global symbol for faith, freedom and unity, Mary is uniquely gifted to stir spirits across the world in settings of patriotism, global causes, and gatherings of world leaders.
 
“Having worked for a U.S. President as a White House presidential appointee and now sung for four consecutive U.S. Presidents, being in the Oval Office at The White House is always a sacred, and humbling honor.” – Mary Millben

American Legion Post 138 Collaboration

This year we are collaborating with American Legion Post 138 as we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the placement of the historic battleship gun barrels from the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri. They will ride from Tempe to the Plaza at 10 a.m. on Saturday and join us for the ceremony. You can register for their Run To The Guns at runtotheguns.org.

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THANK YOU

We salute our veteran’s and their loved ones in thanks for their patriotism & service to our country.