Tag: Vietnam War

Honor Our Heroes Nominations Now Open

At Honoring America’s Veteran’s, our mission is to help our veterans heal by displaying our gratitude and respect.  We do this through recognition events like the annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade.  Due to COVID-19, the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade for 2020 will move virtual, to meet public safety guidelines.  The new online event for 2020 […]

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 […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Vietnam War Grand Marshal Larry Leighton

Larry Leighton grew up in Lexington, Nebraska, and after high school he enrolled at the University of Nebraska. At the height of the Vietnam War in 1968 he cut short his academic career and joined the U.S. Army as an enlisted man. He applied for and was accepted to Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, […]

WELCOME HOME VIETNAM HEROES: The story behind this year’s parade theme

In 1945, U.S. President Harry Truman broke the news and declared an Allied victory in World War II after six years of war. Celebrations were held across the world. People crowded into New York’s Times Square to rejoice; a large ticker tape parade hailed the conquering heroes as 13,000 members of the 82nd Airborne Division […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Vietnam War Grand Marshal Carlyle Brown

Recalling the actions that earned him the Bronze Star in Vietnam, Carlyle Brown speaks in words that are moving and evocative of the experience of so many veterans that served in that war: “I don’t feel I did anything special. I just did what I was supposed to do.” In other words, Brown did his […]

MEET OUR MARSHALS: Vietnam War Grand Marshal Frank Vinales

Frank Vinales joined the Army right after high school at the age of 17 and had to obtain his parents’ permission to do so. He said he wanted to do something to protect our country through war service. After joining, he went to jungle school in Panama, to reconnaissance school and became a machine gun […]

PHOENIX VETERANS DAY PARADE ESSAY CONTEST: Our first-place winner

Educating our youth about the sacrifices and service our military veterans provide is a part of the mission of the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade. So, the non-profit parade organizers Honoring Arizona’s Veterans once again hosted the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Essay Contest this year as part of the education effort. Open to all high-school-age students […]