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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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Lt. Col. James M. O'Rourke, Sr.

Army

He was an MP in the Army. He worked with USO, VFW's, homeless vets. He helped provide bullet proof vests for our soldiers in Iraq and received an award for this. Sending countless packages to our soldiers and comforting their families. He arranged funeral ceremonies for homeless veterans with no families. He was volunteering for several groups. "No" was not in his vocabulary. He devoted his life to helping others. He left a mark on all of ...

B. John Mogan

Army

Bernard John "BJ" Mogan joined the "Strength and Drive" Class of 1965 on Jul 5, 1961. Following commissioning in the Field Artillery, John completed Ranger and Airborne schools, reporting for duty with the 101st Airborne Division. He served in a variety of key command and staff positions including overseas assignments in Vietnam (101st Abn Div, 1967-68 Battery Commander), Germany (8th Inf Div 1977-79 Battalion XO), and Korea (2nd Inf Div 1981-82 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Albert F. Lewis

Army

Albert F. Lewis is a proud member of the Tohono O'odham Nation. Albert served in U.S. Army's 25th infantry "Tropic Lightning" Division in Vietnam from July 1968-July 1969. Albert was awarded the Purple Heart and The Army Commendation Medal for his heroic actions in the Republic of ...

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 ...

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 ...

PVT2 Shauna Ward

Army

Shauna joined the army and said "mom, I wanna go to Iraq and fight for our Country" my only child, Shauna started her new career as a Chemical Specialist on February 16, 2006.  Because of stress fractures on both feet, Shauna was in medical rehab for 6 months before her feet healed.  Shauna was then stationed in Fort Richardson Alaska.  Shauna loved the outdoors.  Her life ended October 15, 2007 on base. Forever ...

Robert Sparks

Army

Robert B. Sparks DOB 5-14-1918 of Kettle Falls, Washington entered the US Army in 1938, and was a Staff Sgt. by the time the War broke out in 1942. He was in the 102 Infantry Division in Camp Maxey, Texas "The Ozarks" in charge of a Motor Pool of Trucks. He went to Europe and was part of the Red Ball Express moving supplies in France and Germany under the command of the XIII Corps. Served with Distinction and was Honorably discharged in ...

Elijah Earle

Army

Elijah enlisted with the deferred plan as he was only 17 when 9-11 happened, and that is when he made this decision. He is a graduate of Sabino H.S. 2003 in Tucson AZ. His Basic Training was at Ft. Knox as a 1st Cavalry Scout. His first post was Ft. Hood, TX. He deployed to Iraq in March 2004 for 12 months. He deployed to Iraq again in November 2006 for 14 months. He deployed to Afghanistan Dec 2010 for 12 months. He is the father of Nicolas ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Daniel Weiss

Army

1st LT Daniel Weiss, 25, served as a Rifle Platoon Leader in Attack Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He was born in Santa Monica, CA. His brother wanted to name him Stinkor; his parents thought otherwise. His earliest years were spent in Culver City, CA, which he always considered home. In 1993, he moved with his family to Naperville, IL, where he went on to once get stuck in the revolving door at Michael ...

Lorenzo Baca

Army

My husband currently serves in the U.S. army. He is my inspiration everyday he inspires me to be a better person I am so proud to be his wife and so proud that he decided to be that 1% of American's who give up there freedom to serve and protect this country we all love so very much. Fighting for your country is just a part of war but fighting for love takes a whole lot more. I am now and always will be one proud army ...

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 ...

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 ...

Edward Morris Jr

Army

He was a captain when he ended his 21 year career. He participated in nuclear testing sites in Nevada during the 50s and saw combat during the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and the Korean War and many more. He was a member of the 11th Airborne Paratroopers and recieved mountain climbing and rescue training while in Colorado. While stationed in Austria he was assigned duty as a ski instructor. He recieved many honors and awards; WWII Victory, Good ...

Bill Montgomery

Army

Bill Montgomery currently serves as the Maricopa County Attorney and supports various Veterans efforts and programs. He previously served as an officer in the Army with tours of duty with the 1st Cavalry Division in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Bill concluded his active duty career commanding K Troop of the 3d Armored Cavalry ...

Kenneth Reichert

Army

Born 5/31/1924 - Present (91)WWII VeteranEnlisted 2/10/1943 at 18 years old.Was a soldier on THE 1st WAVE LANDING ON THE BEACH AT NORMANDY, D-DAY, JUNE 6, 1944Was still fighting WWII in Germany when he re-enlisted in 1945. He was later sent to Austria. ...

David Roy

Air Force

Airman David Roy enlisted in the Air Force in 2009. After basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, David was sent to Keesler AFB, Mississippi and Sheppard AFB, Texas for advanced training in avionics and technology for F-16 fighters. David is currently assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing 756th Maintenance Group at Luke AFB where his unit supports aircraft used to train pilots for proficiency in the F-16. Thank you David for serving your country ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Robert and Don Koler

Navy

Robert and Don Koler were amazing brothers (identical twins), serviceman, husbands, fathers and friends. They both  went into the US Navy together after graduating high school. They served during the Vietnam War on USS NorthHampton  (CLC-1). They were also on a destroyer for a short period of time.  After the Navy they both settled down into careers and families in Chicago,Il. Robert was a lineman for an electrical company- CoMed ...

Kyler Estrada

Navy

Kyler LaVon Estrada was born May 12,1990 in Mesa Az. and grew up in Queen Creek Az. Where he graduated from Queen Creek High School. He played football, baseball and was on the dive and track team. He was a Eagle scout. He is a member of the LDS church. He joined the Navy in Oct. 2010 where he became a corpsman for the Fleet Marines Force. He was deployed to the 11th MEU ship Nov. 2011.He was killed during a night training accident in Africa on ...

Roger Parrish

Air Force

Roger Parrish was born Feb 1,1935 in Carbondale, Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois he entered Air Force flight training and graduated first in his class. He was selected to attend the Air Force's Top Gun School, winning all three trophies available for academics, gunnery skills and top student. From 1969-1970 he flew over 100 combat missions in Vietnam. In 1972 Roger was selected to be the leader of the USAF Thunderbirds ...

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