Tag: Veterans Day

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Vietnam War Grand Marshal Santo Graziano

You might say Santo Graziano was born into the U.S. Army. His father was a Commander in the Army and was stationed in Italy during World War II, where he met and married an Italian girl, and young Santo was born. After graduating from college, Graziano and his brother decided to follow in their father’s […]

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Honors Veterans of All Eras with Grand Marshal Selections

PHOENIX, AZ – This year’s Veterans Grand Marshals of the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade, have earned some of our nation’s highest honors, including Bronze Stars, Purple Hearts and more.  Selectees for 2018 are: WWII-Mike Rizzo (Scottsdale), U.S. Army – This Purple Heart recipient was close to not coming back from his service overseas five times, […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Desert Storm Grand Marshal Gene Wood

Gene Wood is a proud veteran who served as an advisor to the Army and the National Guard in the southeast part of the United States. His experience includes helicopter mechanics, a leadership role as Crew Chief, as well as advisor to the Technical Assistance and Fielding Team (TAFT) between the Saudi Arabian and United […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Operation Enduring Freedom Grand Marshal Ian Parkinson

“If there’s one thing that’s held true my entire life, it’s that I wanted to stand up for my country. Afghanistan is where I was given the opportunity to do just that,” says 28-year-old Ian Parkinson. He was inspired by his family’s long history of military service: father and uncles, Vietnam-era veterans; grandfathers, World War […]

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshals Competition Now Open

PHOENIX, AZ – Honoring Arizona’s Veterans (HAV) announced today they are once again hosting the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Veterans Grand Marshal Competition. Who:  Veterans Grand Marshal Competition. What:  Seven Veterans will be selected to represent each era of service in the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade and surrounding activities. When:  Competition runs June 1-30, 2018 […]


Honoring Arizona’s Veterans and the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade are so grateful for all our sponsors – without which the Parade would never happen! The team at one of our new sponsors this year, Bank of America, took the time to write about what it means to be involved:   Bank of America Elevates Veteran […]


  As we prepare for our 21st annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade this Saturday, we urge you to consider these ways you can show veterans you care on this important day. (Courtesy of www.military.com) 1. SHOW UP Attend a Veterans Day event in your area ‒ not just a picnic with friends, but an honest-to-goodness […]

Aaron Dudney


We were thrilled to see our Honoring Arizona’s Veterans President, Aaron Dudney, featured in a great video by APS! They say: “Twenty percent of our workforce are veterans, including Aaron Dudney, Manager Information Technology: ‘As far as my job goes at APS today, it’s every bit as fulfilling as when I was in the military.’” […]

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 […]