Tag: 2018 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Celebrity Grand Marshal Loretta Swit*

Few actresses can capture the imagination of generations of audiences with the certainty and charm of Loretta Swit. As quick-witted, impassioned Major Margaret Houlihan of television’s most honored series, “M*A*S*H,” Ms. Swit became an American icon and, with its popularity now in worldwide syndication, new fans continue to enjoy her lavish portrayal of the sensuous, […]

THE 2018 PHOENIX VETERANS DAY PARADE ESSAY CONTEST: 1st-Place Winner

We had nearly 100 entries for our essay contest this year! Writing to the theme of “OUT OF THE TRENCHES: A Century of Remembrance – WWI 1918,” students were judged on Creative Writing, Grammar, Originality, Content, and Theme Focus. The winners will receive cash prizes courtesy of Durant’s Restaurant, a ride in the parade, winning […]

VETERANS DAY QUIZ

Test your knowledge of Veterans Day and our veterans by taking this quiz! (The answers are at the bottom – but don’t cheat!) By what name was Veterans Day originally known? What does the “11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” signify? What is the name of the treaty that marked the […]

11 WAYS TO CELEBRATE VETERANS DAY: HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED

Veterans Day is almost upon us! November 11th is the one day set aside each year to honor those who have served and continue to serve our nation. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, the day we pay tribute to fallen service members, Veterans Day offers a great opportunity to teach civilians about the sacrifice […]

THE 2018 PHOENIX VETERANS DAY PARADE ESSAY CONTEST: 2nd-Place Winner

We had nearly 100 entries for our essay contest this year! Writing to the theme of “OUT OF THE TRENCHES: A Century of Remembrance – WWI 1918,” students were judged on Creative Writing, Grammar, Originality, Content, and Theme Focus. The winners will receive cash prizes courtesy of Durant’s Restaurant, a ride in the parade, winning […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Business Community Grand Marshal Greg DeBernard

Greg DeBernard was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was adopted by two loving parents, Margaret and Guido. He attended the University of Utah on an ROTC Scholarship and graduated in 1986. He graduated from Southwestern University College of Law in 1989. He currently serves as the Regional Vice President of the USAA […]

THE 2018 PHOENIX VETERANS DAY PARADE ESSAY CONTEST: 3rd-Place Winner

We had nearly 100 entries for our essay contest this year! Writing to the theme of “OUT OF THE TRENCHES: A Century of Remembrance – WWI 1918,” students were judged on Creative Writing, Grammar, Originality, Content, and Theme Focus. The winners will receive cash prizes courtesy of Durant’s Restaurant, a ride in the parade, winning […]

WORLD WAR I AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ARMISTICE DAY

Known as the “war to end all wars,” World War I or the Great War was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians dying as a direct result of the fighting. The global war – originating in Europe lasted from July 28, 1914, to November […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Korean War Grand Marshal Francis (Frank) Doherty

Francis (Frank) Doherty was born May 21, 1928, and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Doherty enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17 during World War II and was given a non-combat assignment. He returned to Detroit and pursued a degree at the University of Detroit, until he was called back to active […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: World War II Grand Marshal Mike Rizzo*

* PARADE ORGANIZERS’ NOTE: We are very saddened to learn that Mike Rizzo has passed away. We were fortunate he was able to attend our “Meet the Grand Marshals” event in September, and are honored that his family will be making the trip to Phoenix to take his place in the 2018 Parade in his […]