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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 […]

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 & […]

PHOENIX VETERANS DAY PARADE ESSAY CONTEST: Our 3rd Place Winner

3rd Place Craig Zeigler – 12th grade, Sunrise Mountain High School; Teacher: Jennifer Kruska THE ENEMY OF THE COLD WAR WAS FEAR ITSELF War is a concept that has a certain stereotype in the minds of most people. It elicits thoughts of firefights in an isolated and faraway part of the world, far removed from […]

PHOENIX VETERANS DAY PARADE ESSAY CONTEST: Our 2nd Place Winner

2nd Place  Ruby Price – 11th grade, Shadow Ridge High School; Teacher: Stacy Roberts A SILENT SACRIFICE: THE MOST NOBLE OF THEM ALL Much is forgotten to history. Sucked into the fleeting oblivion of human memory that causes a life-changing event for some to be non-existent for others. The service of Cold War veterans seems […]

PHOENIX VETERANS DAY PARADE ESSAY CONTEST: Our 1st Place Winner!

1st Place Ethan Brown – 11th grade, Seton Catholic Prep; Teacher: Jessica Breen THE UNSPOKEN HEROES: NEVER FORGET One of the tensest eras of American history was built not on what happened, but on what didn’t happen. It was an era where there were no direct conflicts between the two enemies. An era where there […]

HOW YOU CAN HELP ON VETERANS DAY (AND THE REST OF THE YEAR)

Veterans are naturally on our minds at this time of year, particularly with the annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade right around the corner. If you have it in your heart to help and honor our veterans, now or at any time of the year, there are many ways you can do that. The Phoenix Veteran’s […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: HeroZona Grand Marshall Alan Powell (AP)

Alan Powell is an entrepreneur, consultant and philanthropist. He graduated from Suda E. Butler Traditional High School in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1986, attended College of Coastal Georgia for Physical Education, and transferred to Missouri Valley College on a basketball scholarship in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in sports administration. He enlisted for three years in […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Cold War Grand Marshal Bernard O’Keefe

Bernie O’Keefe was in his first semester in college and “wasn’t crazy about it,” as he puts it. He wanted to start his life and wanted direction, particularly because things were getting pretty serious with his girlfriend, Pat (with whom O’Keefe just celebrated 45 years of marriage). “I am the oldest of 10 kids,” he […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Veteran Community Grand Marshal Carol Culbertson

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Captain Culbertson – attracted by the challenge of serving in the military, something none of her female relatives had ever done – was recruited by the U.S. Navy in 1963 into a communications unit while a student at the University of Hawaii. By graduation time, she was promoted to Petty […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Operation Iraqi Freedom Grand Marshal Richard Arnold

Rick Arnold has had a long military career as a helicopter pilot. When he joined the military, he was looking for educational opportunities. He knew the military would offer great training and would be an excellent job recommendation on his resume. Arnold originally joined the Air Force and trained as a Nuclear Weapons Specialist. He […]