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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.

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 ...

Gary Morriston

Marines

GARY DANE MORRISTON ENLISTED IN THE US MARINE CORP. IN 1964 AND ATTENDEED BOOTCAMP IN CAMP PENDLETON, CA. AFTER BASIC TRAING HE WENT TO SNIPER SCHOOL AND WAS STATIONED 1 YEAR IN KODIAK, AK. GARY WENT TO VIETNAM IN 1966 WHERE HE WAS WOUNDED IN ACTION, AIR EVAC'D TO JAPAN FOR SURGERY AND THEN TO SAN DIEGO FOR RECUPERATION. AMONG THE NUMEROUS MEDALS AND CITATIONS WHICH HE RECEIVED WERE: THE BRONZE STAR, PURPLE HEART, PRESIDENTIAL UNIT, AND THE ...

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 ...

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 ...

Jay Harrelson

Air Force

Col. Jay Harrelson (1919 - 2009). Jay Harrelson graduated from the University of Nebraska and the Air War College. He joined the Army as a flying cadet and after finishing flying school in April, 1941 was sent directly to Clark Air Base in The Philippine Islands. He and his Squadron were sent to Bataan Field, located on the Bataan Peninsula where he was to maintain the Field and await supplies which never arrived. Bataan was surrendered to the ...

David Bowers

Army

Dave, pictured here with his bride Ellen of over 61 years. He proudly served in the Army during the Korean War from Dec 1950 to Dec 1952. He was stationed with the 8181st Army Unit, Kishine Barracks,Yokohama Japan during the Korean War. He was in Japan when the 1st of his 8 lovely children was born. Four of the 8 children are also Veterans. Dave is a proud Veteran, staying involved in the activities of Korean War Veterans and has his name ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Louis Galeziewski

Air Force

Louis Galeziewski served as a navigator for the crew of No. 29, a B-29 in the 314th Bomb Wing, 29th Bomb Group, 43rd Squadron, stationed on North Field on the island of Guam during World War II. He flew 13 bombing missions over Japan after transfering from the 84th Infantry Division of the US Army in ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Edward Willis

Air Force

Edward Oliver Willis
Entered the United States Air Force in 1966 and was honorably discharged in September, 1970. He was assigned to the 552nd Airborne Early Warning & Control Wing. Flying on the EC-121, he served as an Airborne Radar Operator and Intercept Control Technician. During his service, he flew 120 combat missions in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, logging more than 1.100 combat flight hours. He was awarded Four Air ...

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 ...

Lee Bondy

Navy

Lee Bondy of Palmyra, NJ passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.  He was 90.

Thank You to our Previous Sponsors of the 2015 Honor Walk!

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