Phoenix, AZ, November 08, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The annual VA Veterans Day Parade
will kick off at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 11. This year’s parade theme is “Defending Freedom, Protecting Dreams,” honoring Veterans who have fought in all Wars and Conflicts including World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq.
In its 14th year, the parade is one of the premier Veterans Day parades in the nation, with more than 200,000 people expected to attend. The Phoenix-based commemoration is one of the largest such events in the nation and has been designated as a Regional Site
for celebrating the holiday.
Presented by the Phoenix VA Health Care System
and supported by the Veterans Medical Leadership Council
and US Airways the parade will feature approximately 100 entries, including historic military vehicles; Veterans Service Organizations such as the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and others; marching units, color guards; canine and equestrian units; floats; giant helium balloons; and bands.
Parade Grand Marshals include Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Fred Ferguson, Celebrity Grand Marshal Miss United States Tristan Topps and Veterans Grand Marshals from each conflict since World War II.
The Phoenix VA Veterans Day Parade runs northbound from the Phoenix VA Health Care System beginning at Seventh Street and Montecito, turning westbound on Camelback Road, then northbound on Central Avenue to Bethany Home Road, where it will destage at North Phoenix Baptist Church.
The Phoenix VA Health Care System’s Veterans Day Parade began in 1997 and since that time has grown from 50 entries and 10,000 spectators to more than 100 entries and hundreds of thousands of spectators. The Parade is designed to help commemorate and honor our Veterans and to educate Americans about the service and sacrifices our Veterans have made to protect our freedoms.
About the Phoenix VA Health Care System
The Phoenix VA Health Care System has been serving Veterans in Maricopa County since 1951 The Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which is part of the Phoenix VA Heath Care System, has been serving Veterans in Maricopa County since 1951.
We are a level one tertiary care facility that offers a variety of services to more than 75,000 Veterans. We currently have 130 inpatient beds for medical and surgical patients, 104 beds for nursing home patients and 48 inpatient beds for mental health patients.
The PVAHCS is proud to provide health care to all eligible Veterans. Any Veteran interested in discussing their health care needs may call (602) 222-6508 or register on line at http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/. The staff at the PVAHCS is honored to serve our Veterans who have paid the price for us to enjoy our freedoms.
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The staff at the PVAHCS is honored to serve our Veterans who have paid the price for us to enjoy our freedoms.