Veterans Day 2017 events around Phoenix area

There’s no shortage of parades, celebrations and ceremonies in the Phoenix area to honor those veterans among us.

Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to honor the bravery and sacrifice of U.S. veterans and those currently serving.

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Listed below are Veterans Day events happening across Arizona. 

Phoenix

St. Mary’s Food Distribution to Arizona Soldiers: Saturday

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance will again join Arizona Heroes to Hometowns to distribute some of the 1,000 holiday food boxes earmarked for needy families of Arizona’s wounded, deployed and active soldiers. 

Location: 52nd Street Armory, 1335 N. 52nd St., Building M5701, Phoenix.

Veterans Day Gourd Dance and Community Potluck: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Pueblo Grande Museum puts its own spin on Veterans Day with gourd dancing at 11:30 a.m. and a potluck to honor those who served. You can bring your own dish to share. This event is free to the public

Location: Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix.

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

This year’s theme is “Silent Sacrifice Honoring Cold War Vets.” The parade will have eight veteran grand marshals representing each era of military service from World War II to present day. Actress Loretta Swit, best known for her role as Major Margaret Houlihan in the TV show, “M*A*S*H,” will be the celebrity grand marshal.

Parade route: The parade 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.

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HeroZona Salute to Veterans: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday

Enjoy an outdoor music festival with live music and entertainment directly after the 21st Annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. HeroZona will also be honoring U.S. Senator John McCain with a Lifetime Service Award.

Location: Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

A Night of Honor and Giving: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday

Wings for Warriors will present their Annual Veterans Day Gala. The event will honor veterans, spouses, and military families for their service and sacrifices. Wings for Warriors is a non-profit organization that supports combat-wounded military service members returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Tickets are $ 125 per person or $ 225 per couple.

Location: The Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport, 427 N. 44th St., Phoenix. 

MORE: Phoenix Veterans Day celebrations: 15 ways to honor those who have served

Scottsdale

Airport Swing-Time Gala: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday

Travel back in time and experience the 1940s with this first-of-its-kind event featuring speakers, music and dancing from the swing time era, WWII military aircraft and vehicles, and delicious chow and cocktails. A Stearman PT-17 biplane will be the centerpiece of the Veterans Memorial and on display at the event. Proceeds will benefit the Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial and DreamCatchers, a charity which fulfills the dreams of hospice patients.

Location: Ross Aviation, 14600 N. Airport Drive, Scottsdale.

Scottsdale City Hall ceremony: 10 a.m. Saturday

Scottsdale veteran organizations will host a ceremony. Speakers include Mayor Jim Lane and Congressman David Schweikert.

Location: Scottsdale City Hall, Chaplain Statue, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale.

Above and Beyond: The Incredible Story of Frank Luke, Jr.: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15

Author Keith Warren Lloyd speaks of Luke’s life in Arizona, his training as a fighter pilot and his combat experiences, including his final mission that led to the Medal of Honor. Luke was one of the most revered fighter aces on the Western Front. 

Location: Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale.

Be A Hero for A Hero Arizona Festival: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday

 A family festival to support local Arizona veterans. Each donation goes directly to a severely disabled local Arizona veteran.

Location: McDowell Mountain Ranch Park, 10607 E. Paradise Lane, Scottsdale.

2nd Annual Ride N’ Raise: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday

This program is helping veterans overcome a significant challenge when their medical recovery depends on reliable, low-cost medical transportation. One ticket purchase of $ 25 per person grants entrance into the event and a complimentary meal. Water, tea, and lemonade will be provided free of charge.

Location: Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, 15656 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale.

Red White & Blue Veterans Day Fundraiser Bash: 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday

Build us H.O.P.E. and ASU GreenLight Solutions are holding a Veterans Day benefit bash to raise funds to build affordable and sustainable tiny homes for veterans. Tickets are $ 45 for individuals, or $ 35 for college students.

Location: 7301 E. Butherus Drive, Scottsdale.

Mesa

10th Annual Gathering of Legends: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

For Veterans Day, the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum hosts several military aviation veterans from World War II, including guest speaker and Pearl Harbor survivor Jack Holder. Listen to him discuss his combat experience, including at the Battle of Midway and Coral Sea. Then look at exhibits and get up close with vintage WWII airplanes. Cost is $ 15 for adults, $ 5 for kids ages 5 to 12, $ 12 for seniors, and free for kids 5 and under.

Location: CAF Airbase Arizona Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Road, Mesa.

East Valley Veterans Parade: 11 a.m. Saturday

This year’s theme is “Honor and Remember.” It is produced by the East Valley Veterans Parade Association, an all-volunteer non-profit organization. The parade will have six grand marshals and bands and floats from East Valley high schools.

A presentation will take place at 10:30 a.m., followed by a flyover and the start of the parade at 11 a.m. The parade will last 90 minutes.

Parade route: Starts at University Drive and Center Street, travels south on Center to First Street, west on First Street and ends at Robson Street.

Veterans’ Benefit Concert: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Following the East Valley Veterans Parade, the Veterans’ Benefit Concert will feature live entertainment from bands like Walt Richardson, Robby Roberson Band and smootmahooty, plus food trucks and more. Any donations will go to the Housing Our Heroes program for homeless veterans. Free.

Location: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main S.t, Mesa.

Uncommon Valor: 3 p.m. Sunday

The Salt River Brass Band presents Uncommon Valor as part of its 30th season. Conducted by Music Director Patrick Sheridan, this annual celebration of veterans honors the uncommon valor of the men and women of our armed services.

The program will feature favorites by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, swinging sounds reminiscent of the USO and Big Band Era, as well as an old-fashioned barn dance with “Suite of Old American Dances” by Robert Russell Bennett. The bravery of America’s veterans echoes throughout Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and a special Armed Forces salute. Price zone 1: $ 22-24; price zone 2: $ 18-20; price zone 3: $ 15-17.

Location: The Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater, 1 E. Main St., Mesa.

Veteran’s Day ceremony and pancake breakfast: 8 a.m. Saturday

ViewPoint will hold an honorary ceremony in the community ballroom where residents will present the colors and the anthems of each branch of the armed services are played. As the anthems are played, veterans from that branch will stand and be recognized for their service and sacrifice to the country and an honorary quilt will be presented to select veterans as special thanks for their service. After the ceremony, there will be a celebratory barbecue outside at the community gazebo.

Location: ViewPoint Golf Resort community ballroom, 650 N. Hawes Road, Mesa.

Anthem

Anthem Veterans Day Memorial: 10 to 11:11 a.m. Saturday

Anthem’s memorial is unique. The memorial is made up of five pillars with an ellipse in the middle. At a particular point in the day, the sun shines through each of the pillars and illuminates the Great Seal of the United States installed on the ground.

Sgt. Maj. Jennifer L. Simmons will give the keynote address. A local high school student will read an essay. The public is directed to park at the community center or in the middle lots and take the bridge over to the memorial.

Location: Anthem Veterans Memorial, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Phoenix.

Chandler

Veterans Day service at Valley Christian: 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday

Valley Christian High School in Chandler will host a special Veterans Day service. Veterans are being invited to join the students and staff. The school will take an hour out of the day to recognize and thank veterans and active members of all branches of the military who are in attendance. The event includes special speakers sharing about the sacrifices necessary to maintain freedom. The Valley Christian choir will also perform the service hymns and other patriotic music selections, and the Chandler High School JROTC will be on hand to present the colors.

Location: Valley Christian High School, 6900 W. Galveston St., Chandler.

Paradise Valley

13th Annual Paradise Valley Veterans’ Appreciation Vintage Car Show: 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

A free vintage car show hosted by Paradise Valley for residents in honor of veterans. Open to the public at 8:30 a.m.. At 11:30 a.m. a driving tour will take place.

Location: Paradise Valley Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley.

Avondale

MMA Training for Veterans and Active Military Personnel: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday

Damri MMA will be giving all veterans and active military personnel two free weeks of unlimited training.

The 1-year anniversary of Damri MMA is free for the community to attend. Free classes for children and adults will be offered throughout the duration of the event. There will also be food trucks, membership specials, a boxing- ring bounce house, mega truck appearance, and a DJ. Veterans and active military personnel who want to take part in the two free weeks of training will only need to fill out a waiver and show identification the day of the event. 

Location: 735 N. 114th Ave., Avondale.

Veterans Day Fitness Fun Run & Pancake: 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday

Honor veterans and their families with a 5K fitness run/walk and breakfast. Bootcamp stations include timed sit-ups and push-ups, ammo can lifts, tire flipping and more. Free.

Location: Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale Campus, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale.

Glendale

15th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony: 9 a.m. Saturday

The city of Glendale and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce’s Military & Veteran Affairs Committee will host a Veterans Day ceremony. 

The ceremony is scheduled to start with Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base delivering the keynote address. There will also be a flyover.

Location: Glendale Public Library auditorium, 5959 W. Brown St., Glendale.

ASU Veterans Day Pow Wow: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday

There will be Native American dancers, drum groups, food and vendors. Free to the general public.

Location: Arizona State University West, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale. 

Goodyear

Goodyear Veterans Day barbecue and tribute: 2 p.m. Saturday

The city of Goodyear will host a free barbecue for military veterans and their families. A tribute will start at 3 p.m. The event will end at 4 p.m. There will be an interactive flag garden, a flyover, a mobile museum and youth performances.

Location: Goodyear Ballpark,1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear.

Peoria

Tribute to Veterans Event: 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday

The city of Peoria will be honoring the bravery and sacrifice of all veterans in the Taste n’ Tribute, a new event jam-packed with live music and food and beverage samples from Peoria restaurants. This event is one more way the city of Peoria is paying tribute to veterans this year.

Admission to Taste n’ Tribute is free and food tastings will be $ 2 per sample. Many Peoria restaurants will be on hand to share the best of their menus. All the proceeds from the tastings will be donated directly to a veterans’ organization selected by the Peoria Diamond Club.

Location: Peoria Sports Complex, located at 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, in the P83 entertainment district.

Surprise

Veterans Day Parade & Pancake Breakfast: Saturday; breakfast is 7 to 9 a.m.; parade is 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The city of Surprise hosts its second annual parade with marching bands, patriotic groups and more. Before the parade, treat yourself to a pancake breakfast catered by Nick’s Diner. Free for parade; $ 4 for pancake breakfast.

Following the parade, the Surprise Police & Fire-Medical Charity Softball Game will start at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free.

Location/Parade Route: Begins at Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., and is routed along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane.

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