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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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George Gay

Army

My father served in the 20th Armored Division during WWII as a machine gunner on a half track. His life expectancy was 7 seconds. His unit liberated Dachou Concentration Camp on April 29, 1945; they are known as the "Liberators." He received the Bronze Star among other medals and is 86 years young. All of his service records were destroyed by fire in St. Louis. Even though he can't get veteran's benefits, his story has been ...

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 ...

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 ...

Frederick Sweet

Army

Lt. Col. Frederick Sweet (Ret.) is my father. He and my mother, Anita L. Sweet (Mainberger), a loyal Army wife, married and raised a military family of three children. Dad served dutifully in a variety of locations throughout the United States, and in Korea, Germany, and Thailand. He was a kind and honorable man, who passed in February, 2008. I am lucky and blessed in having Fred and Anita as my loving ...

Theresa Imhof

Army

SFC Imhof first enlisted with the USAF in 1984 and served 3 1/2 years before being discharged. Ten years after being out of the military she reenlisted into the US Army Reserves. She served with the 7212th Med Support Unit out of Rochester, MN. In 2003 she was called to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where she spent 3 months at Fot Stewart, Georgia awaiting to be deployed to Iraqi. They decided not to deploy the 801st CSH and ...

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 ...

William, "Bill" Milleer

Marines

1 July 1929 - 16 May 2016 In 1952 Bill Miller trained as a pilot for the United States Marine Corps and moved to Newport Beach, CA where Bill flew missions out of Camp Pendleton during the Korean War, achieving the rank of Captain.  Semper Fi old ...

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 ...

Lee Bondy

Navy

Lee Bondy of Palmyra, NJ passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.  He was 90. A WWII veteran, Lee saw action in the Pacific as a radar technician aboard the USS Cleveland, and later, a radar and sonar instructor during the Korean Conflict.  He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, later earning a Masters degree in Business Administration from UCLA.  In 1953 he worked as an instrumentation ...

Jeffrey Shippy

Air Force

Shortly after graduating from Mesa High, Mesa, AZ, Jeff joined the U.S. Air Force where he received training as a crash rescue fireman. Jeffrey pursued this career upon discharge from the Air Force, serving at military installations in the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Johnson Island in the Pacific, Iraq, Afghanistan (twice), and finally in Djibouti, Africa. Jeff passed away on February 7, 2011 at the age of ...

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 ...

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. ...

Louis Kelley Riedel

Army

From Harbor Beach, Mi. enlisted (Pvt. Inf.) Ft. Custer July 1942. Basic, Radio Tech. and Non-Com School Camp Wolters, Tx. (Cpl. Inf.) Ft. Benning, Ga. OCS (2nd Lt. Inf.) Transferred to San Francisco where he supervised the loading of deck cargo on army ships until July 1944. (1st Lt. Inf.) Then reassigned 97th Div., 303rd Inf. Camp Cooke, Ca. Served in France, Germany - where a farmer informed him that President Roosevelt had died - and ...

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 ...

Travis Nottingham

Army

Travis Nottigham is a loving father of two children, Kailie and Connor. He is so full of life and energy. He has served in the army for over 15 years and is currently serving in Afghanistan. Travis has been through and was selected in Special Forces Assement and Selection. Travis has never met a stranger in his life. He is a true leader of men and a great friend to everyone he ...

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 ...

Elmer Meggison

Army

Elmer Meggison joined the Army at the outset of WWI. Since he was an experienced horseman, he was assigned to drive a horsedrawn ambulance. His unit deployed to France in 1917 and participated in the historic battles that eventually brought the war to an end. Late in the war, his horse drawn ambulance was replaced by a Model T ambulance made especially by Ford for the Army. Elmer was proud of his service and his patriotism led him to ...

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 ...

Roger Rasmussen

Army

In late February 1945, the 353rd Engineers regiment and its band were ordered northwest again to a new duty station in the philippines. while the band was at sea, the marines landed on Iwo Jima. One more step in the island hopping campain, and the allies would be poised for an invasion of Japan. Mop-up activity was still ongoing on the phhilippines, when the band arrived, so the members of the unit were finally awarded a battle star. The band ...

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, ...

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 ...

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, ...

Jack Emmett

Army

John I "Jack" Emmet interrupted his college days to enter the US Army Air Force in 1942. Jack was trained as an Air Traffic Controller at Scott Field and was deployed to the south pacific where his unit established an airfield in the Phillipines. The field was used as a launching point for US aircraft engaged in the battle of Leyte Gulf. Jack served until the end of the war and returned to university in 1946 to complete his ...

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 ...

Heather Watts

Navy

Heather enlisted in the Navy July 26, 2001, upon graduation she attended Great Lakes Hospital Corpsman "A" school graduating in March 2002. She then reported to FMSS camp Pendelton where she learned to be a Corpsman attached to the Marines. Graduating in April she reported to her first duty station Naval Health Clinic Hawaii Pearl Harbor, HI. Stationed there from Apr 02-July 05. During that time advancing from HN to HM3. Then she reported to the ...

Robert Forcum

Marines

In memory of my father, GYSGT Robert R. Forcum, USMC, Retired (1931-2016).     Served in the Marine Corps  from 1947-1968.  Served in Korea as well as two tours in Vietnam.   Retired in 1968.   The Marine Corps was the essence of his life, he loved the Corps and it shaped him to be the man, husband and father that he was.   Served in the First Marine Division of the Corps.  Spent ...

Colin Day

Army

Colin Day served with the 40th Engineers, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division based in Baumholder, Germany.Alpha Co 40EN was deployed to Iraq in 2006. The 40th Engineers were responsible for route clearance in and around Ramadi. Colin's unit saw a extensive combat in and around Ramadi, captured and detained scores of enemy fighters and undermined the ability of the insurgents to manufacture and place lethal IED's. The 40th ...

Michelle Wilmot

Army

Michelle Wilmot served as a medic, mental health sergeant, and retention NCO in the US Army for 8 years. While on her year-long deployment to Ramadi, Iraq in 2004-2005 she served as a member of Team Lioness, the first female team that was attached to Marine infantry units to perform checkpoint operations, house raids, and personnel searches on women and children for weapons and explosives. Wilmot was featured in the documentary film Lioness and ...

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 ...

Jay Harrelson

Air Force

Col. Jay Harrelson (1919 - 2009). Jay Harrelson graduated from the University of Nebraska and the Air War College. He joined the Army as a flying cadet and after finishing flying school in April, 1941 was sent directly to Clark Air Base in The Philippine Islands. He and his Squadron were sent to Bataan Field, located on the Bataan Peninsula where he was to maintain the Field and await supplies which never arrived. Bataan was surrendered to the ...

Allan Bevington

Army

SGT. Allan Bevington (Dec. 25 1983-Sept. 21 2006),of Beaver Falls, PA was my friend and the best soldier I ever had the pleasure of serving with. A Combat Engineer, assigned to the 40th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, of the 1st Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany, he served multiple tours in Iraq. /n /nBevington was an inspiration to his fellow soldiers, and always stepped up to the plate when a mission came down the wire. ...

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 ...

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 ...

John McCain

Navy

McCain followed his father and grandfather, both four-star admirals, into the United States Navy, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. He became a naval aviator, flying ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he nearly lost his life in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a ...

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, ...

Thom Howdeshell

Marines

I would love to honor my father, William Thomas howdeshell for going above and beyond making this world a better place to live in with his unselfish actions. I am so grateful and deeply proud of the man,Marine,Husband and Father he is. Thank you for your service and for your unconditional love. Your baby girl, Britt ...

Jared Cannon

Army

Jared, the son of Bruce Cannon and Margaret Compton, served in the  Indiana Army National Guard Transportation.   He was deployed to Iraq in 2003 where he proudly served.   Jared died while in active service in 2004 at the age of 24.   He has one brother, Ryan, who also served in Iraq.   He is deeply missed by his family and ...

David Balcerzak

Marines

David A Balcerzak June 5, 1960-December 31, 2006 Son, Brother, Friend, Father, Grandfather U S MARINE CORPS VIETNAMSERVICE DATES:APR. 29, 1969 TOMAY 11, 1972 Loved and missed by ...

Tina Marie Coladonato

Air Force

Airman E-4 Tina Marie Coladonato  AF MP I'll fight side by side and back to back with you!  GY6 sister!  MUMF'S! ...

Roy Tippett

Army

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Roy Tippett proudly served our Armed Forces for 28 years. He served active duty in the U.S. Army from May 1981 through September 1992, where he was stationed at Ft. Polk, LA; Presidio of San Francisco, CA; SHAPE, Belgium and Ft. Huachuca, AZ. From September 1992 through Jun 2009, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he completed one year-long tour during the War in Afghanistan and one year-long tour during the ...

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