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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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Elijah Wong

Army

Elijah Tai Wah Wong, of Mesa, Ariz., was inexperienced in war but he could hardly wait to join the one in Iraq. "I used to joke with him about having gun powder in his blood," said his wife, Lizeth Wong. The son of a Chinese father and a Jewish mother, Wong lived in Israel as a teenager and served a stint in the Israeli Army. After returning home, Wong enlisted in the Arizona Guard's 363rd Explosive Ordnance Company and rose to the rank of ...

Frank Brennan

Army

On June 13, 1940 at 20 years of age, Frank joined the Black Horse Troop which was a part of the Illinois National Guard and the last of the US Cavalry. In November 1940, President Roosevelt called up the National Guard and federalized them, making them a part of the United States Army. In September 1942 he entered the Signal Corps Officers Candidate School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey and became a Second Lieutenant. Over the next 2 years he ...

Frank T. Minarsich

Army

Served in World War II.Franklin T Minarsich, SGT, US Army Air ForceOrganization: 356th B SQ 331st B GRP (356th Bomber Squadron, 331st Bomber Group)Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Cryptographic Technician 805Military Qualification: Carbine MARKSMAN 11 April 1944Decorations and ...

Albert T. Pirtle

Army

Sgt. Albert T. "Snapper" Pirtle (Sedona, Arizona):  U.S. Army 82nd Airborne - 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment "Red Devils" - Operation Neptune, D-Day, Normandy.  Sgt. Pirtle was a rigger for the 508th and one of only four members of a 20-man crew that survived their D-Day jump not listed as KIA, MIA, or POW.  After landing in darkness and days away from reaching safe haven, Sgt. Pirtle pretended to lie dead as Nazi soldiers ...

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, ...

Valencia Mars

Air Force

Entered the United States Air Force in 1996 and was honorably discharged in October, 2000. After basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, Valencia was assigned to the 74th Medical Group Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio for training in medical services. As a Medical Services Specialist, she was instrumental in providing free clinic and healthcare to the community in Operation US Support Group ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sgt. Louis E. Metzger

Army

Served in the United States Army during WW11. He enlisted at the age of 26 and served four years. He attained the rank of first sergeant and platoon sergeant in Company C of the 11th armored infantry battalion. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his Service in Italy. Before his battalion began there march through-out ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Ted Fogo

Marines

Lt. Edward T Fogo, Jr. - "Ted"12/30/31 - 1/15/53Lt. Edward Fogo was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Aquinas High Scool, Class of 1949. He attended Miami of Ohio University before enlisting with the Marine Corps. Selected for Officers Candidate School and Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant at Quantico, VA and then assigned to Camp Pendleton. Uncle Ted was sent to the front lines at Inchon, Korea in December, 1952. He was ...

Peter Panagis

Army

Private First Class Panagis was a member of the US Army from 1942-1945 when he received an Honorable Discharge. He proudly served in the South Philippeans during World War II. He earned the following:Good Conduct MedalAsiatic-Pacific Campaign MedalPhilippean Liberation ribbon with one Bronze Star and 5 Overseas Service ...

Thomas Denetdale

Army

Sgt. Thomas Denetdale, 49, has served in the US Army for 28 years. He is a Native of Phoenix, AZ originally from Tohatchi, NM. Thomas has three children: Stephen, Milayna Donya and Naloni Ella Denetdale. Sgt. Denetdale served in Four Deployment tours: Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In November 2009, Sgt. Denetdale was featured in the 13TH Sustainment Command Article for assisting with making a ...

Edward Garcia

Army

Edward joined the Army right out of highschool. He fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Intantry Division. As a little boy Edward always knew he wanted to be a soldier. He followed the footsteps of His Grandfathers and Father. We are very thankful for his service to serve and protect this great ...

Bertillus Delphinus Mark

Navy

Construction Mechanic Second Class Petty Officer (Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist) Bertillus Delphinus Mark joined the Navy on March 19, 2002. His previous command was Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FOUR, Port Hueneme, California. Petty Officer Mark's most recent command was Beachmaster Unit ONE in San Diego, CA. He deployed and fought in the Iraq War in 2007. On August 17, 2009, CM2 Mark tragically died in a motorcycle accident while ...

Kenneth Ordway

Navy

Kenneth Ordway was a noble man.His time in the Navy was courageous,dangerous,intriguing and filled with exploration. /n He met his wife ,Laine,who was also in the Navy.Together they raised 4 sons,Keith,Kevin,Bob and David. /n One of the most favorite parts of his career was being part of the HURRICANE HUNTERS. /n His family lived in Puerto Rico for 4 years and learned Spanish which gave them a rich taste of culture! /n To this day ,his legacy ...

Christian Pike

Navy

Cryptologic Technician Technical Chief (CTTC) Christian M. Pike was born in Berlin Germany, in 1981, as a dependent of an Army mother.  Throughout his early years he travelled as an Army dependent and eventually moved to Peoria, Arizona from Ft. Meade, Maryland.  Christian pursued a variety of hobbies to include auto and motorcycle racing, and weight lifting.  Christian joined the Navy early in 2001.  He went to basic ...

Kermit Butler

Army

Enlisted on September 18th 1940 in the Army Air Corp and rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant and released from active duty on September 20th, 1945. /nIn 1943 was sent to OCS and then assigned to supervising and instruction of trainees where with a staff of 15 over saw basic training of 300 to 400 trainees /nLater transferred to Headquarters Western Technical Training Command, Denver, Colorado, their he was put in charge of putting together a ...

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 ...

Laurence Day

Army

Larry Day served in the Army Air Corps and was attached to the Allied Occupational Forces in Japan following WWII. His unit was based at Tachikawa Air Base outside Tokyo. /n /nLarry was a crew chief on a C47 transport. His unit delivered men and equipment to support the allied occupation following the Japanese ...

Daniel Packard III

Army

Daniel Packard III passed away on March 1, 2013. Born in Denver, CO on February 23, 1927. A World War II veteran, he received an appointment to West Point but gave it up to enlist in the Army immediately. Graduated from Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, AL, majored in history and political science. Masters Degree in foreign affairs from George Washington University. Chief Economist for the American Trucking Association in ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ryan Cannon

Army

Ryan is an Army veteran who was in Iraq 2007-2009 in the 214 Calvary regiment. This picture is priceless and No matter what country you are from, this is a symbol of inherent hope for peace.  He did so much for others and continues this even now. He is truly my HERO in every way. Helping people selflessly especially veterans and the community connect through The Mission Continues and so many other Veteran NonProfit ...

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 ...

Roy Hershberger

Army

Roy Hershberger was born June 29th, 1921 in Milford, NE. (a gift for his 90th birthday was a ride in a Hot Air Balloon) with his wife. /n He joined the US Army in 1944 and served in WW II. He was in the 302nd Reconnaaissance Troop and awarded a Honorable Discharge Aug. 1946. /n He was married to Darlene Schweitzer Dec. 2, 1944, they have 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. /nWe are so proud of our Dad, Grandpa and Great ...

Johnny Harris

Marines

Johnny Harris served proudly in the Marine Corps from September 4, 1974 to March 1, 1996. He saw duty around the world in the Phillippines, Korea, Japan, Somalia, Kuwait, Iraq and Antarctica.Johnny is a fine man and a good friend. He exemplifies the character, loyalty and honor Marines are known for. I'm proud to walk in his honor.Semper ...

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. ...

B17 Bomber Crew of 'Sparky'

Army

2Lt Jackson F Phelps KIA, /n2Lt Allan S Rogers KIA, 2Lt Paul J Durborow KIA, F/O Lyle L Johnson KIA, S/SGT Kenneth S Goldfarb KIA, S/SGT Arthur E Martin KIA, SGT Alvert G Wiggs KIA, SGT Marshall H Duplantis KIA, SGT Donald L Beasley POW. On 28 July. 1944 the crew of the B-17 bomber known as "Sparky" set out for the Leuna oil plant at Mersebourg, Germany. Heading toward their target the formation encountered extremely heavy flak. In the course ...

Lori Piestewa

Army

Private First Class Lori Piestewa, 23, was classified as missing in action after enemy soldiers ambushed her unit shortly after the beginnning of hostilities in Iraq in March 2003. She was declared dead on April 4, 2003. Piestewa was a member of the Hopi Tribe, whose reservation is near the community of Tuba City, Arizona. She was a single mother raising two ...

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 ...

Michael Elm

Army

Michael served as an Army Specialist from 2009-2012. He was deployed to Afghanistan where he was killed in action on October 14th, 2011. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky. Mike received multiple honors which include the purple ...

Robert Evans

Army

SGT. Robert Evans was in the Americal Divsion of the 164th Infantry Regimental Combat Team. He was awarded the following decorations and citations: Two Bronze Campaign Stars, Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, America Theatre Ribbon, Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, Purple Heart, Phillippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze ...

Victor Peterson

Air Force

Entered the USAF in 1968, 2 tours in SEA, flying on CH/HH 53 Helicopters as a flight mechanic/door gunner. Awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses and several Air Medals. Separated in 1972, in 1985 enlisted in the USAF Reserve and served an additional 18 years in the Air Force Fire Dept. Activated for 6 months during Desert Storm in 1991 with 2 months in Saudi Arabia. Activated for 1 year after 9/11 in 2001 and spent approximately 4 months in ...

David Bowers

Army

Dave, pictured here with his bride Ellen of over 61 years. He proudly served in the Army during the Korean War from Dec 1950 to Dec 1952. He was stationed with the 8181st Army Unit, Kishine Barracks,Yokohama Japan during the Korean War. He was in Japan when the 1st of his 8 lovely children was born. Four of the 8 children are also Veterans. Dave is a proud Veteran, staying involved in the activities of Korean War Veterans and has his name ...

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 ...

Vincent Barrett

Army

Vincent Thomas Barrett served in the United States Army, during WWII, as a 1st Sergeant of an anti-aircraft company. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1941. He was stationed on the pacific coast and later North Carolina, before going active duty and shipping out overseas. /n /n1st Sergeant Barrett's letters home to his mother were reprinted in his hometown newspaper, the Dunlap Reporter, giving folks back home a unique insight into life on ...

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