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Honor a Veteran Who Has Touched Your Life

Join us for the 6th Annual Honor Walk & 5K Fun Run November 2016.

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.

Colin Day


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 great deal of combat, captured many insurgents and undermined the ability of the insurgents to manufacture and place lethal IED's. The 40th Engineers were instrumental in the ...

Elijah Wong


Elijah Tai Wah Wong, of Mesa, Ariz., was inexperienced in war but he could hardly wait to join the one in Iraq. "I used to joke with him about having gun powder in his blood," said his wife, Lizeth Wong. The son of a Chinese father and a Jewish mother, Wong lived in Israel as a teenager and served a stint in the Israeli Army. After returning home, Wong enlisted in the Arizona Guard's 363rd Explosive Ordnance Company and rose to the rank of ...

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 ...

Robert Carl Richards


Robert "Bob" Richards joined the Ohio National Guard along with a couple buddies and his brother in 1938 as a means of not getting drafted but that plan was put to grief when the Ohio Guard was one of the first called up by President Roosevelt later that year. After training at Fr. Leonard Wood - Bob was off to Southern California for desert training - transferred into the newly established Army Air Corp due to less marching and was sent to ...

Edward Hansen


Edward A. Hansen "Gramps" was born and raised in Detroit. He was a decorated veteran of World War II having served in the 416th Army Air Corps. He was proud to serve his country, even at 90 years of age he wore his uniform on Veteran's Day. He was a kind and caring father and grandfather, and was well loved by all who knew ...

B17 Bomber Crew of 'Sparky'


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 ...

Robert Perkins


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. ...

Kyle Daggett


SGT John K., "Kyle" Daggett (1986 - 2008) died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Thursday, 15 May 2008 of wounds sustained 1 May in Baghdad when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle. The 21-year-old Army SGT was en route via medical transport from Iraq to Walter Reed Army Medical Center four days after he was wounded when the plane had to land in Halifax in order to tend to his injuries. /n /nDaggett, known as Kyle, attended Pinnacle High ...

Robert Evans


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 ...

George Gay


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 ...

Kenneth Ordway


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 ...

Michael Elm


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 ...

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 ...

David Angulo-Gomez


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 ...

Lorenzo Baca


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 ...

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, ...

First LT Donald P. Tillar III


Don was my Platoon Leader during my third year at West Point. He had a "year's vacation" away from school and came back to finish his last year and graduate in 1988. During his final year, he tried to sleep 12 hours a day in order to only spend half as much time there! Don was shot down piloting a Blackhawk helicopter during Operation Desert Storm. ...

Richard Cooksley

Air Force

Captain Cooksley was a veteran of the AAF during battles of Bataan and Corregidor on the Philippine Islands during WWII. He fought as an Infantryman earning the Bronze Star Medal before taken prisoner.

He also served during the Korean War and retired from the U.S. Army.

Recent request for full recognition towards combat service was denied by the Army violating the U.S. Constitution.

Captain Cooksley went to his ...

George Johnson


George Henry Johnson Sr. was born May 8th, 1943 in Cairo, Illinois to Lewis Johnson Sr. and Ida Mae Johnson (Moss). He was raised in Cairo and graduated from Sumner High School in 1961. George went on to join the U.S. Army on June 5th that same year. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. After completing basic training, he went on to complete medical training at Fort Sam Houston, TX becoming a Medical Specialist. ...

Aaron kramer


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 ...

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