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Honor Our Veterans on Veterans Day 2013

Veterans Day Celebrations in Scottsdale and East Valley


Veterans Day in Phoenix
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Each November we stop and take at least a few moments to honor America's veterans on Veterans Day. This page includes ceremonies in Scottsdale and the East Valley communities of Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe. 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!

Town of Gilbert Veterans Day Ceremony
The guest speaker for this year's ceremony is Rick Romley, President Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, former Maricopa County Attorney. The Williams Field High School Band will play patriotic music at 11 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. and last for approximately 30 minutes. Following the ceremony, a complimentary lunch will be served to all in attendance. A flyover by a Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer is planned.
In 2013: Thursday, November 7
Place: Gilbert Municipal Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, southeast of Gilbert and Warner Roads
Starting Time for Event: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Higley Unified School District Veterans Day, Gilbert
American Legion, Buffalo Soldiers, Patriot Guard Riders, music by Higley High School students, a flyover, a POW/MIA ceremony, and speeches. The keynote speaker is retired LTC James Megellas, author of “All The Way to Berlin,” and the most decorated war officer in the 82nd Airborne. Rear Admiral James A. Symonds, who commanded the USS Ronald Reagan, will return for his third appearance.
In 2013: Friday, November 8
Place: Higley High School Football Stadium, 2935 S. Recker Rd., Gilbert
Starting Time for Event: 9 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

East Valley Veterans Parade
The Military Veterans Parade Association (MVPA) is a small, all-volunteer non-profit that has been putting on the East Valley Veterans Parade since 2006 to honor our community's military veterans, active military and their families. Over 100 entries will participate including military vehicles, WW II tanks, Grand Marshall Colonel Joey Strickland - US Army Retired, the Fallen Soldier Memorial, USS Arizona replica, Junior ROTC groups, military support groups, Mesa and Gilbert high school marching bands, East Valley city and town dignitaries, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, and equestrian groups. More than 35,000 are expected to attend. Dignitaries will speak at 10:45 a.m. and the Parade begins at 11 a.m. with a fly-over by the Commemorative Air Force’s selection of vintage military aircraft. Lasts about 1-1/2 hours. The parade begins in Downtown Mesa at the corner of 8th Street and Center Street and travels south on Center street to 1st Avenue. See pictures of the parade.
In 2013: Saturday, November 9
Place: Downtown Mesa
Starting Time for Event: 10:45 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Apache Junction Veterans Day Ceremony
Superstition Harley Davidson Veterans Ceremony, Color Guard, Raising of the flags, National Anthem. Part of the Festival of the Superstitions. See pictures of the parade.
In 2013: Sunday, November 10
Place: Apache Junction Chamber
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Patriotic Concert in Mesa
The Salt River Brass annual tribute to America including patriotic selections.
In 2013: Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m.
Place: Mesa Arts Center
Starting Time for Event: 3 p.m.
Cost: $15 - $20 general admission
Get More Information: online

Veterans Day at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
This memorial will include dignitaries, guest speakers and live performances to honor our country and the people who serve it. Dr. Connie Mariano, a former Physician to the President, will be the keynote speaker. She served under both Presidents Bush and Clinton. She is the first military woman to become the White House Physician to the President, the first woman director of the White House Medical Unit, and the first Filipino American in U.S. history to become a Navy rear admiral. The Veterans Day event also will feature Arizona National Guard Adjutant General Michael T. McGuire and the 108th Army National Guard Band. The program is free and open to the public. 
In 2013: Monday, November 11
Place: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, southeast corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale Roads
Starting Time for Event: 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

Veterans Day Parade in Tempe
Tempe will celebrate veterans with the annual Veterans Day Parade. The parade runs north on Mill Avenue from ASU Gammage to Tempe Beach Park. Veterans, high school bands, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and community members will participate in the parade. See pictures of the parade.
In 2013: Monday, November 11
Place: ASU Gammage at Mill Avenue
Starting Time for Event: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free
Get More Information: online

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