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Honor a Veteran Who Has Touched Your Life


Join us for the 6th Annual Honor Walk & 5K Fun Run Sunday, November 13th!


The event will start and finish at the beautiful Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix. Friends, families and loved ones will walk or run to personally recognize veterans of all generations. Participants are encouraged to arrive early for entertainment and a stirring pre-walk ceremony. Special guests along with vintage military aircraft fly-overs, music, color guards, the USS Arizona replica will set the tone for this year’s event.


Early registration pickup and event day registration begins at 6:30am including coffee and donuts. Don’t miss the live music and entertainment that begins about 7:30am with the walk and fun/run event starting at 9:00am. Please be sure to checkout the following raffle prizes with winners drawn at about 10:30am.

View the raffle prizes on our event page.

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Leonard Estrada

Air Force

Leonard P Estrada graduated from the U of A in January 1961 as a Second Lt. He did his flight training at Williams AFB and was stationed at Scott AFB. Leonard work as a Management Engineering Officer. He left the service from Travis AFB as a Captain in 1966. Leonard served 5 ? years for our ...

Arthur Van Haren, Jr.

Navy

USN Lt. Arthur Van Haren Jr. was a World War II fighter pilot and is the top US Navy ace from the State of Arizona with 9 kills and 3 unconfirmed kills. A native Arizonan born in Superior in 1920, he may be one of very few highly decorated Hispanic fighter pilot aces in the history of aerial warfare. Van Haren, Jr. was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Gold Star. In 2012, he was inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of ...

Barry Goldwater

Air Force

With the American entry into World War II, Goldwater received a reserve commission in the United States Army Air Force. He became a pilot assigned to the Ferry Command, a newly formed unit that flew aircraft and supplies to war zones worldwide. He spent most of the war flying between the USA and India, via the Azores and North Africa or South America, Nigeria, and Central Africa. He also flew "the hump" over the Himalayas to deliver supplies to ...

Aaron Peter Simonton

Air Force

I join the Honor Walk to honor my 3 heroes:  They are childhood friends.  They, and their 5 other siblings, made my tumultuous childhood bearable. Now, over 50 years later I am happily able honor them because, unsurprising to me, they became incredible men. It has been my privilege to grow up with them, and an honor to have known them.  There is a quote by: Mencius: “Friends are the siblings God never gave ...

Louis Galeziewski

Air Force

Louis Galeziewski served as a navigator for the crew of No. 29, a B-29 in the 314th Bomb Wing, 29th Bomb Group, 43rd Squadron, stationed on North Field on the island of Guam during World War II. He flew 13 bombing missions over Japan after transfering from the 84th Infantry Division of the US Army in ...

Charles E Christopher

Navy

Charles Christopher served in the US Navy for 23 years as an Electrician. He served two tours in Vietnam and retired Honorably from the Navy as a Senior Chief.After retirement,, he taught high school history and shop classes for 14 years. Senior Chief Christopher is the proud father of two sons, Chuck and Vernon. His wife of 35 years, Janet Christopher has been by his side through his active duty time and now his retirement. His son SGT ...

Asa Herring

Air Force

Asa Herring, Lt Colonel, US Air Force, a Tuskegee Airman and retired U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot, was born in Dunn, N.C. October 3, 1926. He has been an avid aviation enthusiast all of his life. He graduated from High School at age sixteen. While a student at Tuskegee Institute in the Aircraft Maintenance program, he passed the U.S. Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet written examination. Because he was only seventeen years old, he had to wait until ...

Benjamin Myrick Jr

Air Force

Joined the Air Force in 1950 at the age of 17. Trained in the 3750 Trg Wing Sheppard AFB, Tx. First duty assignent Davis Monthan AFB. Married the love of his life Mary Ruiz, she had 5 children from a previous marriage. While station at DMAFB they had 3 more children, bringing the total to 8. /nReceived orders to Wheelis, AFB Tripoli Libya. Relocated his entire family always keeping us together while raising all 8 children as if they wer all ...

Eugene P., Butch Brown

Army

Butch Brown enlisted in the Army right after high school at the height of the Vietnam conflict in 1967. Butch's military career was shortened by an injury suffered during training, however his unselfish willingness to put himself in harms way reflects brightly on a generation of Vietnam warriors. We owe these men and women a debt of gratitude for their service in troubled times and we should make every effort to extend the thanks they never ...

Greg Smith

Marines

Joined at age 17 and after boot camp and school was stationed in Okinawa Japan for a year then Yuma Arizona for 3 1/2 years before being honorably discharged and raising a family.  Both of his sons also joined the Marines as did one of his son in laws.  Greg's dad served in the Marines in ...

Maricelia Varela

Army

My baby girl, smaller in size then her younger brothers but big in strength and courage. At only 19 years old joined the Army because she wanted to do something that makes a difference in the world. She is now serving in Korea and this is the longest and farthest she has ever been away from home. I miss her but I am proud of all that she has done and will do. This is only the begining of her ...

Sam Huff

Army

Private First Class Sam Huff, 18, of Tucson, Ariz., died in Baghdad, Iraq on April 18, 2005 of injuries sustained on April 17 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee. Huff was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash. /n /nHer parents, Robert Huff, 50, a retired police detective-turned-musician, and Margaret Williams, 52, ...

Eric Walrabenstein

Army

Commissioned as an Infantry officer in 1985, Lieutenant Eric Walrabenstein served as a platoon leader and company executive officer for 2/60 infantry at Fort Lewis, WA. After his separation from active duty, Captain Walrabenstein continued his service as a reserve company commander in the 91st Division until ...

First LT Donald P. Tillar III

Army

Don was my Platoon Leader during my third year at West Point. He had a "year's vacation" away from school and came back to finish his last year and graduate in 1988. During his final year, he tried to sleep 12 hours a day in order to only spend half as much time there! Don was shot down piloting a Blackhawk helicopter during Operation Desert Storm. ...

Frank Luke

Army

One of nine children of German immigrants, Luke was born in May 1897, in Phoenix, Ariz. On Sept. 25, 1917, he enlisted in the Signal Corps' Aviation service as a private first class but soon departed for flight training, first at the University of Texas' School of Military Aeronautics in Austin. Later he attended training at the Signal Corps Aviation School at Rockwell Field in San Diego.On Aug. 16, 1918, Luke engaged in his first aerial combat, ...

Wade Wilson

Marines

Sgt. Wade Daniel Wilson, age 22 of Leona, Texas, was killed in action on Friday, May 11, 2012, while conducting combat operations in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. Sgt. Wilson was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Wade Daniel Wilson was born August 4, 1989, in Webster, Texas, was raised in Leon County and was a 2007 graduate of Centerville High ...

Edward Willis

Air Force

Edward Oliver Willis Entered the United States Air Force in 1966 and was honorably discharged in September, 1970. He was assigned to the 552nd Airborne Early Warning & Control Wing. Flying on the EC-121, he served as an Airborne Radar Operator and Intercept Control Technician. During his service, he flew 120 combat missions in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, logging more than 1.100 combat flight hours. He was awarded Four Air Medals ...

Robert Perkins

Army

Robert Wayne Perkins was born in Phoenix, AZ on December 7, 1943. He served in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. He was proud to serve his country. He was a loving father. He was loved very much and will always be remembered. /n /nDad - you are my hero. It is an honor to walk in your memory. /n /nI love you. ...

Jose S.N. Crisostomo

Army

My father joined the Army in 1969 with his first assignment to Vietnam. He proudly served 24 years and retired in 1993. He fought for 15 years to come back into the Army. He was taken up on his offer in 2008 and was returned to active duty status with his deployment to Afghanistan. He volunteered for a second tour in 2009. My father was killed by an IUD during the first elections held in Afghanistan in 2009. He was 11 days shy of his 60th ...

Nate Caldwell

Army

Nate Caldwell,27, died in Baghdad on May 22nd, 2003 when the Humvee in which he was riding rolled over. He was crushed after being thrown from the vehicle. Caldwell graduated from Phoenix's Maryvale High School in 1994. He was a tank mechanic for the Bravo Company, 404th Air Support Battalion, 4th Infantry ...

Gene Hetrick

Navy

U.S. Navy GMG3 1965-1971. /n /nU.S. Hancock aircraft carrier. /n /nU.S. Naval Advisory Group. /n /nU.S. Military Assistance Command. /n /nU.S. River Patrol, Da Nang River, Viet Nam. /n /nU.S. Minesweeping Operations, Mekong Delta Viet Nam. /n /n /nCOMMENDATIONS: /nPurple Heart (3); /n /nVietnam service medal w/five stars; /n /nVietnam campaign medal; /n /nCombat action ribbon; /n /nNavy Achievement medal w/combat distinguishing ...

Christopher Brown

Army

Died at age 26, of Columbus, Ohio; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died April 3, in Khas Kunar district, Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. We are forgever grateful for your sacrafice to our Country. I am so blessed to be able to call your Mother "Momma Brown" a friend. You are forever loved and missed. ...

Kyle Daggett

Army

SGT John K., "Kyle" Daggett (1986 - 2008) died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Thursday, 15 May 2008 of wounds sustained 1 May in Baghdad when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle. The 21-year-old Army SGT was en route via medical transport from Iraq to Walter Reed Army Medical Center four days after he was wounded when the plane had to land in Halifax in order to tend to his injuries. /n /nDaggett, known as Kyle, attended Pinnacle High ...

Arthur Van Haren, Jr.

Navy

USN Lt. Arthur Van Haren Jr. was a World War II fighter pilot and is the top US Navy ace from the State of Arizona with 9 kills and 3 unconfirmed kills. A native Arizonan born in Superior in 1920, he may be one of very few highly decorated Hispanic fighter pilot aces in the history of aerial warfare. Van Haren, Jr. was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Gold Star. In 2012, he was inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of ...

Jim Thorne

Army

Jim Thorne was a proud Vietnam Veteran. He arrived in Vietnam in the fall of 1967 as a lieutenant in the 173rd Airborne. After a year in Nam, he came home, changed from a uniform to a suit, married and raised a family. Veteran's issues were a lifelong passion. He felt every vet deserved the welcome home his generation was ...

Sgt Howard Paul Allen

Army

Howard Paul Allen was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 3, 1974. His family later moved to Arizona where he graduated from Paradise Valley High School in 1993. He enlisted in the US Navy on November 22, 1995, completing Naval Boot Camp, He was assigned to the USS Memphis and after completing his 4 year tour, he was discharged on November 21, 1999. He married his wife, Patience, on November 2, 2004 and had one son, Devlin and 2 step-children, Edwin ...

Leonard Dankowski

Navy

Leonard Dankowski served in the United States Navy, from 1943-1946, where he was stationed aboard the U.S.S Randolph, an essex-class aircraft carrier. He was a part of several campaigns in the pacific theater. /n /nHe was the recipient of the Point System award, a Victory Medal, and an American Area Campaign ...

Victor Colombi

Army

  Victor, "Vic"  Colombi (Oct. 13, 1947 - Feb 21, 2015) Vic graduated in June, 1965 from Euclid High School and after a brief attendance at Ohio State University entered the U.S. Marine Corps. During active duty and service in Vietnam he was awarded the Purple Heart,  National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Rifle Expert medal and the Bronze Star with Combat "V". Vic retired ...

Edwin Wilson Hurt

Army

DEPLOYED TO KOREA WITH THE 15TH INFANTRY COMPANY L. HIS MOST SIGNIFICANT DUTY ASSIGNMENT WAS WITH THE 34TH INFANTRY REGIMENT COMPANY B OF THE 24TH INFANTRY DIVISION. HE WAS ALSO A PART OF THE 3RD DIVISION, 9TH DIVISION AND 101ST AIRBORN SCREAMING EAGLES. HE WAS A DECORATED KOREAN WAR VETERAN AND RECEIVED THE COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE (CIB), AWARDED THE NATIONAL DEFENSE MEDAL, GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, KOREAN WAR SERVICE MEDAL AND THE UNITED NATIONS KOREAN ...

Charles Luster

Navy

Charles K. Luster enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1943 as an Aviation Cadet and retired from the Navy Reserve in 1976 with the rank of Commander in the Civil Engineer Corps. As a Civil Engineer his civilian career began as a Designer on the Davis Dam Power Plant on the Colorado River. He married Ellen Morris in 1946 and together they had three sons (Mike, Steve, Scott) He interviewed for the position of City Engineer for the City of Mesa in 1957 ...

Troy Gilbert

Air Force

Troy Gilbert, 34, of Litchfield Park, Ariz., died Nov. 27 when his F-16C fighter crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. He was engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations. Gilbert died flying an air mission to support troops fighting in Anbar province, where many of the country's Sunni-Arab insurgent groups operated. At the time of his death, Gilbert was assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and ...

Alan Holcombe

Army

SSG Holcombe served 10 years and was medically discharged for service related injuries. While serving he completed 2 tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Also a father and husband who has dedicated his life to serving his brothers and sisters in arms. Ssg Holcombe has served in Camp Carroll, Korea, Ft Bliss, TX, Ft Stewart, GA and Schofield Barracks, ...

Paul Ruehrmund

Air Force

My grandpa graduated from Capital University June 1958, he fully intended to get in and get out as quickly as possible. Twenty-one years and two days later, July 1979, He finally fulfilled his intention of getting an early out. While serving in the Air Force he was an Major as a Weapons Controller with the exception pf a five year tour in Little Rock Ark as a Missile Crew Commander. He was privileged to serve in Japan, Boston, and one year, ...

Vernon Christopher

Army

SGT Vernon Lee Christopher served in the US Army for 7 years active duty and 2 years in the reserves. His father, Charles Christopher served in the US Navy. SGT Christopher wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and in doing so, he graduated top of his class from Basic Training and Warrior Leader School. He received numerous awards, commendations, and medals during the Operation Enduring Freedom Tour in Afghanistan of 2007-2008. He was a ...

Shandice Banks

Army

SGT Shandice Banks, US Army. Shandice served as a Civil Affairs SGT for the 492nd Civil Affairs Battalion from 2006-2012. She deployed to Operation Iraqui Freedom rom 6/2008 - 8/2009 with HHC Company of the 403rd Battalion from Utica, NY. Shandice is currently a Masters student and Enrollment Counselor at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix where she inspires her fellow students and instructors with her resilience, commitment and hard ...

Stan Giles

Air Force

Viet Nam Veteran, Stan Giles, E4 - Sgt., served two years in Misawa, Japan, and one and a half years in Brindisi, Italy.  Sgt. Giles was with the United States Air Force Security Service.  His job was Morse Intercept operated and direction finding. The United States Air Force Security Service (often abbreviated USAFSS) was essentially the United States Air Force's cryptographic intelligence / Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) branch; its ...

Mason Wilt

Army

Mason wilt was born in Philadelphia in 1922. he served with the 66th Infantry, 2nd Battalion during WWII. He was involved in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp.He was married to Mary Berry, worked as a petroleum engineer with Phillips 66 and was responsible for several patent designs. He was a father of 2 and a grandfather of 6.Mason died on August 2, ...

Panayiota Bertzikis

Coast Guard

Panayiota Bertzikis enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 2005 and served at Coast Guard Station Burlington, VT and Coast Guard Boston. While on Active Duty she was repulsed in the way that sexual assault survivors were treated in the United States Coast Guard and founded the Military Rape Crisis Center from her barrack room to offer support and assistance to her fellow shipmates/survivors. The Military Rape Crisis Center is now the ...

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