PHOTOS: Veterans Day celebrated in Apache Junction

The annual Apache Junction Veterans Day Parade began at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Phelps Drive and headed west on Apache Trail, turning south onto Gold Drive then east onto Apache Trail and ended at Phelps Drive. The Apache Junction Veterans Day Parade Committee chose U.S. Army Sgt. Mark Schrand, a disabled veteran, as […]

Apache Junction honors area military veterans with parade

The city of Apache Junction hosted its annual Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 in downtown AJ. There were 54 entries and about 2,000 people lined the streets to watch the procession of floats, marching bands, organizations and military veterans, according to city officials. This year’s theme was Honoring Purple Heart Veterans. The grand marshal was Dr. Robert Dole, a World War II Purple Heart veteran. He entered the U.S. Army in August 1944 and eventually landed in France where he was with the 71st Infantry Regiment, 44th Division, 7th Army. He was wounded in the battle for Manheim, Germany, on March 29, 1945. He received several awards and medals in addition to the Purple Heart.
The city of Apache Junction hosted its annual Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 in downtown AJ. There were 54 entries and about 2,000 people lined the streets to watch the procession of floats, marching bands, organizations and military veterans, according to city officials. This year’s theme was Honoring Purple Heart Veterans. The grand marshal was Dr. Robert Dole, a World War II Purple Heart veteran. He entered the U.S. Army in August 1944 and eventually landed in France where he was with the 71st Infantry Regiment, 44th Division, 7th Army. He was wounded in the battle for Manheim, Germany, on March 29, 1945. He received several awards and medals in addition to the Purple Heart.The city of Apache Junction hosted its annual Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 in downtown AJ. There were 54 entries and about 2,000 people lined the streets to watch the procession of floats, marching bands, organizations and military veterans, according to city officials. This year’s theme was Honoring Purple Heart Veterans. The grand marshal was Dr. Robert Dole, a World War II Purple Heart veteran. He entered the U.S. Army in August 1944 and eventually landed in France where he was with the 71st Infantry Regiment, 44th Division, 7th Army. He was wounded in the battle for Manheim, Germany, on March 29, 1945. He received several awards and medals in addition to the Purple Heart.The city of Apache Junction hosted its annual Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 in downtown AJ. There were 54 entries and about 2,000 people lined the streets to watch the procession of floats, marching bands, organizations and military veterans, according to city officials. This year’s theme was Honoring Purple Heart Veterans. The grand marshal was Dr. Robert Dole, a World War II Purple Heart veteran. He entered the U.S. Army in August 1944 and eventually landed in France where he was with the 71st Infantry Regiment, 44th Division, 7th Army. He was wounded in the battle for Manheim, Germany, on March 29, 1945. He received several awards and medals in addition to the Purple Heart.The city of Apache Junction hosted its annual Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 in downtown AJ. There were 54 entries and about 2,000 people lined the streets to watch the procession of floats, marching bands, organizations and military veterans, according to city officials. This year’s theme was Honoring Purple Heart Veterans. The grand marshal was Dr. Robert Dole, a World War II Purple Heart veteran. He entered the U.S. Army in August 1944 and eventually landed in France where he was with the 71st Infantry Regiment, 44th Division, 7th Army. He was wounded in the battle for Manheim, Germany, on March 29, 1945. He received several awards and medals in addition to the Purple Heart.The city of Apache Junction hosted its annual Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 in downtown AJ. There were 54 entries and about 2,000 people lined the streets to watch the procession of floats, marching bands, organizations and military veterans, according to city officials. This year’s theme was Honoring Purple Heart Veterans. The grand marshal was Dr. Robert Dole, a World War II Purple Heart veteran. He entered the U.S. Army in August 1944 and eventually landed in France where he was with the 71st Infantry Regiment, 44th Division, 7th Army. He was wounded in the battle for Manheim, Germany, on March 29, 1945. He received several awards and medals in addition to the Purple Heart.

Desert Vista Elementary students salute military veterans

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, students, staff and families gathered at the amphitheater at Desert Vista Elementary School in the Apache Junction Unified School District to honor veterans with the school’s annual Veterans Day Remembrance.

The ceremony included the presentation of colors and a performance of the rifle drill team, both by the award-winning Apache Junction High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets; the national anthem, sung by AJHS choir students; and the Desert Vista Student Council members reading the “ABC’s of Veterans Day.”

The keynote address was provided by Raymon Carson, U.S. Army Specialist 4th Class, 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division.

“I come from a long line of military in my family, so Veterans Day means a lot to me,” DVES Principal Pat Smith said at the ceremony. “I was a Navy brat, my kids were Army brats – my great-uncle trained at Williams Field. He lived through Pearl Harbor and was inspired to become a pilot. His B-24 went down over India in 1944, and our family is still actively advocating for the return of his remains along with those of the eight-man crew.

Nov. 11 parade in Apache Junction to honor military veterans

The Apache Junction Veterans Day Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The Commemorative Air Force will perform a flyover to start the parade, committee member Dave Waldron said during a phone interview Oct. 29.

This year’s theme is Honoring Purple Heart Veterans, Mr. Waldron said. The grand marshal is Dr. Robert Dole. He is a World War II Purple Heart veteran. He entered the U.S. Army in August 1944 and eventually landed in France where he was with the 71st Infantry Regiment, 44th Division, 7th Army. He was wounded in the battle for Manheim, Germany, on March 29, 1945. He received several awards and medals in addition to the Purple Heart.

“A person receives a Purple Heart if he or she is wounded or killed in the line of duty, and we want to honor them and their sacrifice,” Mr. Waldron said.

The parade takes place along West Apache Trail. It begins at North Apache Trail/Phelps Drive and proceeds in the westbound lanes to Gold Drive, where participants will turn left and head back in the eastbound lanes of West Apache Trail to Phelps Drive.

The parade can be viewed from both sides of the road, Mr. Waldron said.

Great Clips to offer military members free haircuts

Across the nation, Great Clips salons and their customers are showing their appreciation to veterans and members of the military with the You Can Thank a Veteran promotion.

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, all customers who get a haircut at a U.S. Great Clips salon get a free haircut card they can give as a thank you to an active, inactive or retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard. There is a limit of one card per customer, while supplies last.

Veterans and active service members who come in to a Great Clips salon on Nov. 11 get either a free haircut or a free haircut card to redeem with proof of military service through Dec. 31 at any U.S. Great Clips salon, according to a press release.

Now in its third consecutive year, Great Clips’ You Can Thank a Veteran promotion has provided nearly half a million free haircuts for military members and veterans.

“Great Clips realizes there is no amount of gratitude we can show to the men and women who have served our country. Giving them a great haircut is a simple, yet meaningful, way to show appreciation for everything our veterans and service members have done for us,” Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen, whose husband is a Vietnam veteran, said in the release. “We invite people to get a haircut at Great Clips on Veterans Day and pick up a free haircut card to pass on to a veteran — whether the veteran is a family member, neighbor, colleague or just someone they know.”

East Valley prepares to honor veterans with parades, ceremonies

Several events have been scheduled in Apache Junction and Gold Canyon to honor the area’s military veterans for Veterans Day.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

From noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Central Arizona College will honor all who serve and have served in the military during a ceremony at its Superstition Mountain campus, 805 S. Idaho Road in Apache Junction.

The ceremony will take place on the east side of the F Building near the flagpoles.

For more information, e-mail veterans@centralaz.edu or call 520-494-5402.

Saturday, Nov. 7

The public is invited to attend a Veterans Day Remembrance starting at noon Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Mesa Market Place Swap Meet, 10550 E. Baseline Road in Mesa, just west of Apache Junction. The Motorcycle Color Guard of America will begin the remembrance by presenting the American flag, and will also honor veterans in the audience by presenting flags for the five branches of the Armed Forces.

Arizona performers, The Needham Twins, will sing the national anthem and other patriotic favorites.

The Jewish War Veterans Copper State Post 619, a significant contributor to the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Hospital, and other veterans’ facilities will participate as well as the Vietnam Veterans of America.