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Veterans Day 2013

Veterans Day Events in the West Valley

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Veterans Day 2013
Courtesy Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce

Each November we stop and take a few moments to honor America's veterans on Veterans Day. This page includes ceremonies in the Wast Valley communities of Avondale, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, Sun City. I continue to add events as the details are announced, so check back often.

If you arrived at this page but you were actually looking for Memorial Day activities and events in May, you can find those here. Many people confuse the two! Technically, Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who have died while serving. Veterans Day is a day to honor those among us who have served or are serving now. No matter -- as long as we take the time to be thankful to those who serve or have served for the freedoms that we enjoy.

Salute Our Troops Run
A 10K, 5K and Family Fun Run with vendor expo, bounce houses, Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard, professional sports team mascot appearances,  kids craft area, music, special guest appearances, a military honor wall. 91-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran Marvin Rewerts will be honored. The Greater Cause Foundation raises money to support and honor our active military and veterans. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits the Military Assistance Mission,  a local non-profit that provides financial and morale support to active duty military, their families and wounded warriors.10K starts at 8:30 a.m., 5K starts at 8:45 a.m., fun run starts at 9:45 a.m. Registration closes November 8.
In 2013: Saturday, November 9
Place: Estrella Lakeside, Goodyear
Starting Time for Event: 7 a.m. check-in
Get More Information and Register: online

Veterans Day Run
The Veterans Day Run is part of the City of Peoria Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony. It is a 5K run, along with a Family Fun Walk and Kids' Mile Run.
In 2013: Saturday, November 9
Place: Rio Vista Recreation Center
Starting Time for Event: 7:30 a.m. check-in
Cost: Entry fee for run and walk, register online.
Get More Information: online

Veterans Tribute Ride
An expected 500 motorcycle enthusiasts and the community will come together at the Veterans Tribute Ride to honor all branches of our armed services and our veterans. Proceeds benefit Operation Santa Claus and other Arizona charities. Veterans Tribute Ceremony at noon, 12:30 p.. ride starts. Honor Stop: Wesley Bolin Plaza. Ride finish and after party at Harold's Cave Creek Corral in Cave Creek. Live musical entertainment.
In 2013: Saturday, November 9
Place: Sanderson Ford, 5111 W. Maryland Ave,, Glendale for live bands and start of Tribute Ride
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m. ride registration opens
Cost: Entry fee is $30 per biker, $50/2 includes dinner and party admission for each registered biker
Get More Information: online

Stuff the Truck for Children of Veterans Foundation
Epic Thrift has issued a challenge to collect more than 11,111 pounds of household goods and clothing items to support local veterans and their families. Epic Thrift has an ongoing relationship with COV, which provides donations to assist veteran families and support veteran organizations. All items donated to Epic Thrift stores benefit the COV Foundation.
In 2013: November 9 - 11
Place: Truck at Epic Thrift, 43rd Ave. and Bell Road. Donations accepted at other locations.
Get More Information: online

Avondale Veterans Day Ceremony
A concert provided by the Back Porch Bandits and a barbecue on the lawn.
In 2013: Monday, November 11
Place: Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: Veterans and their families eat free. All other attendees eat for $5 each.
Get More Information: online

Veteran’s Day Parade in Goodyear
The parade will begin on Clubhouse Drive at Tuscany Falls Clubhouse and will continue across PebbleCreek Parkway to end at the Armed Forces Plaza near the Eagle’s Next Club House. See pictures of the parade.
In 2013: Monday, November 11
Place: Tuscany Falls Clubhouse (beginning site), 16262 Clubhouse Drive Goodyear
Starting Time for Event: 9 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: Not available.

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All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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