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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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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 ...

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 ...

Jeremiah Pulaski

Army

My son passed away due to PTSD he was still active duty but wasn't killed in action.. More like KDA killed due to action. He was a Bronze Star with Valor recepiant and served both in Iraq and Afghanistan. He saved many lives and was put in for a silver star of which they lowered to a Bronze with Valor. Thank you for doing this and honoring our ...

Mitchell Werne

Army

1 LT Mitchell Werne was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1985. He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Joining the army in 2010, he has completed Basic Training, Officer Candidate School and specialized Field Artillery Training. Mitchell is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He serves his country with dedication, determination and ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

David Angulo-Gomez

Army

SFC David Angulo-Gomez, Unit of 301st Military Intellegents Batallion. He first enlisted in 2002 and has been serving our country for 10.5 years. He was honored with the Army reserves overseas training ribbon, Army service ribbon, Development ribbon #2, Global war on terrorist service medal, Afgan campaign medal, Army reserves component achievement medal, Aimed forces reserved medal, Army commendation medal and many more to come. David was ...

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 ...

Ricky Will

Air Force

US Air ForceSenior Master Sergeant (E-8) (Ret)Started career as an Aircraft Weapons System Mechanic in 1976, worked on F-4 Phantom and F-16 Falcon fighter aircraft. Retired in 2001 as Propulsion Superintendent for F-16 (Pratt & Whitney F-100/220 engines). Stationed at Luke AFB, AZ, Ramstein AB, Germany, Homestead AFB, FL, and returned to Luke AFB prior to retirement. While in Germany, Sgt. Will was part of the elite team that participated in ...

Dustin Burnett

Navy

Dustin Kelby Burnett, 19, of Fort Mohave, Arizona was 19 years old when he was killed by a roadside bomb Friday June 20th, 2008 in Farah Province Afghanistan fighting for our freedoms in Operation Enduring Freedom. Dustin was born at Parkview Hospital in Riverside, CA and moved to Bullhead City, Arizona his freshman year of High School. Too often people forget the countless brave that have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy ...

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 ...

Gerald Duggan

Army

Gerald Duggan was born June 7 1928 in South Bend, Indiana. He enlisted in the Army after he turned 18 in 1946. He was a private, stationed in Miami, Florida. After his Honorable discharge, he pursued his love of cars. He worked as an auto mechanic and was part of the racing circuit. Gerald married Gloria Kelly in 1955. They resided in Florida for their entire life. He ran his own business of working outboard motors, he also retired from Grumman ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Aaron kramer

Army

Sgt Aaron Kramer joined the Army right out of high school. He knew since Sept 11th happened he wanted to be a soldier and help defend our Country. He trained all during high school, winning many Jrotc events to prepare himself the best he could. He was an 101st Airborne Infantry Ranger. He completed a tour in Iraq, and shortly after was sent to Afghanstan. He was looked up to as a squad leader and example to his twin brother, Brandon who was an ...

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 ...

James A. Riedel

Air Force

Staff Sgt. James A. Riedel /n /n Jim enlisted in the US Air Force at Phoenix, AZ in 1971 and served at Clark AFB in the Philippine Islands (PTO) during the end of the Viet Nam conflict. He served as a Telecommunications Equipment Repair Specialist and in laison to the Philippine Air Force. He was also honored with the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation. /n /nThe decoration was bestowed to U.S. and Philippine military units for relief ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nicolas Estrada

Air Force

Nicolas G. Estrada enlisted in 1927 with the US Army serving in the Panama Canal Zone. He left the Army in 1932 and was recalled to active duty Dec 8, 1941. Nicolas served with the US Air Force and had two tours in Korea. He worked for several years in Aircraft Maintenance at Luke Field. He made rank of Master Sgt in 1950 and ultimately made the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. He settled in Arizona with his wife and three sons. Nicolas retired ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Earl Cortright

Army

CORPORAL EARL CORTRIGHT WAS BORN IN SALISBURY TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA ON JULY 30TH, 1921. HE SERVED IN THE ARMY AIR CORPS AS AN INSTRUMENT SPECIALIST FROM 1942 TO 1943 IN THE 72ND AIRDROME SQUADRON AT THE ARMY AIR FIELD IN WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON. HE RECEIVED HIS TECHNICAL TRAINING AT CHANUTE AIR FIELD OUTSIDE CHAMPAIGN, IL. HE PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 13TH, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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