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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.

John McCain

Navy

McCain followed his father and grandfather, both four-star admirals, into the United States Navy, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. He became a naval aviator, flying ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he nearly lost his life in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a ...

Dustin Burnett

Navy

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 ...

Robert Carl Richards

Army

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 ...

B17 Bomber Crew of 'Sparky'

Army

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 ...

Jim Thorne

Army

Jim Thorne was a proud Vietnam Veteran. He arrived in Vietnam in the fall of 1967 as a lieutenant in the 173rd Airborne. After a year in Nam, he came home, changed from a uniform to a suit, married and raised a family. Veteran's issues were a lifelong passion. He felt every vet deserved the welcome home his generation was ...

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 ...

Eric Walrabenstein

Army

Commissioned as an Infantry officer in 1985, Lieutenant Eric Walrabenstein served as a platoon leader and company executive officer for 2/60 infantry at Fort Lewis, WA. After his separation from active duty, Captain Walrabenstein continued his service as a reserve company commander in the 91st Division until ...

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 ...

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 ...

Michael Elm

Army

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 ...

Jeremiah Pulaski

Army

My son passed away due to PTSD he was still active duty but wasn't killed in action.. More like KDA killed due to action. He was a Bronze Star with Valor recepiant and served both in Iraq and Afghanistan. He saved many lives and was put in for a silver star of which they lowered to a Bronze with Valor. Thank you for doing this and honoring our ...

David Angulo-Gomez

Army

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 ...

Robert Sparks

Army

Robert B. Sparks DOB 5-14-1918 of Kettle Falls, Washington entered the US Army in 1938, and was a Staff Sgt. by the time the War broke out in 1942. He was in the 102 Infantry Division in Camp Maxey, Texas "The Ozarks" in charge of a Motor Pool of Trucks. He went to Europe and was part of the Red Ball Express moving supplies in France and Germany under the command of the XIII Corps. Served with Distinction and was Honorably discharged in ...

First LT Donald P. Tillar III

Army

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 ...

Aaron kramer

Army

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 ...

Lee Bondy

Navy

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

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