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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.

Laurence Day


Larry Day served in the Army Air Corps and was attached to the Allied Occupational Forces in Japan following WWII. His unit was based at Tachikawa Air Base outside Tokyo. /n /nLarry was a crew chief on a C47 transport. His unit delivered men and equipment to support the allied occupation following the Japanese ...

Dustin Burnett


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 ...

Elijah Earle


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 ...

Jack Emmett


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 ...

James McGinty


1966 - 1969 /nServed active duty USMC as a Lieutenant. /nServed in RVN Communications Officer First Marines /n /n1970 - 1990 /nServed in the 5th Combat Battalion, Brooklyn, New York /nServed 6th Combat Battalion, Bronx, New York completed as Staff G1 HQ MC, /nPlatoon Commander, XO, Company Commander /nOperations Officer HQ USMC - C4 RAW /nCommunications Electronic Staff Officer /nRetired Colonel USMC ...

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 ...

Gene Hetrick


U.S. Navy GMG3 1965-1971. /n /nU.S. Hancock aircraft carrier. /n /nU.S. Naval Advisory Group. /n /nU.S. Military Assistance Command. /n /nU.S. River Patrol, Da Nang River, Viet Nam. /n /nU.S. Minesweeping Operations, Mekong Delta Viet Nam. /n /n /nCOMMENDATIONS: /nPurple Heart (3); /n /nVietnam service medal w/five stars; /n /nVietnam campaign medal; /n /nCombat action ribbon; /n /nNavy Achievement medal w/combat distinguishing ...

Vernon Christopher


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 ...

Charles E Christopher


Charles Christopher served in the US Navy for 23 years as an Electrician. He served two tours in Vietnam and retired Honorably from the Navy as a Senior Chief.After retirement,, he taught high school history and shop classes for 14 years. Senior Chief Christopher is the proud father of two sons, Chuck and Vernon. His wife of 35 years, Janet Christopher has been by his side through his active duty time and now his retirement. His son SGT ...

Julio Russell


Julio Russell served in the US Army for 12 years. He served two tours in Operation Enduring Freedom. He received numerous commendations and will be released from the Army with an Honorable Medical discharge. He is an outstanding solider, loving father, son, and brother. He has two daughters Alyssa and Kiarra from his former marriage to Diane Blakely-Russell. The son of a single mother, Betty Martinez Ordonez, he is the 1st member of the ...

Leonard Estrada

Air Force

Leonard P Estrada graduated from the U of A in January 1961 as a Second Lt. He did his flight training at Williams AFB and was stationed at Scott AFB. Leonard work as a Management Engineering Officer. He left the service from Travis AFB as a Captain in 1966. Leonard served 5 ? years for our ...

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 ...

Wade Wilson


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 ...

Sgt Howard Paul Allen


Howard Paul Allen was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 3, 1974. His family later moved to Arizona where he graduated from Paradise Valley High School in 1993. He enlisted in the US Navy on November 22, 1995, completing Naval Boot Camp, He was assigned to the USS Memphis and after completing his 4 year tour, he was discharged on November 21, 1999. He married his wife, Patience, on November 2, 2004 and had one son, Devlin and 2 step-children, Edwin ...

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 ...

Albert F. Lewis


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 ...

Johnny Harris


Johnny Harris served proudly in the Marine Corps from September 4, 1974 to March 1, 1996. He saw duty around the world in the Phillippines, Korea, Japan, Somalia, Kuwait, Iraq and Antarctica.

Johnny is a fine man and a good friend. He exemplifies the character, loyalty and honor Marines are known for. I'm proud to walk in his honor.

Semper ...

Arthur Van Haren, Jr.


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 ...

Ryan Cannon


Ryan, brother to Pvt Jared Cannon and the son of Bruce Cannon and Margaret Compton, served as an Army Calvery Scout.  Ryan was awarded his Spurs on the morning of Dec 7  on a hill in Honolulu over looking Pearl Harbor.  Ryan had one deployment to Iraq.   He has continued to be involved with several Veteran groups including advising a GCU Student Veteran group, The Honor Walk and is currently the coordinator for ...

Bertillus Delphinus Mark


Construction Mechanic Second Class Petty Officer (Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist) Bertillus Delphinus Mark joined the Navy on March 19, 2002. His previous command was Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FOUR, Port Hueneme, California. Petty Officer Mark's most recent command was Beachmaster Unit ONE in San Diego, CA. He deployed and fought in the Iraq War in 2007. On August 17, 2009, CM2 Mark tragically died in a motorcycle accident while ...

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