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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 ...

Michelle Wilmot


Michelle Wilmot served as a medic, mental health sergeant, and retention NCO in the US Army for 8 years. While on her year-long deployment to Ramadi, Iraq in 2004-2005 she served as a member of Team Lioness, the first female team that was attached to Marine infantry units to perform checkpoint operations, house raids, and personnel searches on women and children for weapons and explosives. Wilmot was featured in the documentary film Lioness and ...

Barry Goldwater

Air Force

With the American entry into World War II, Goldwater received a reserve commission in the United States Army Air Force. He became a pilot assigned to the Ferry Command, a newly formed unit that flew aircraft and supplies to war zones worldwide. He spent most of the war flying between the USA and India, via the Azores and North Africa or South America, Nigeria, and Central Africa. He also flew "the hump" over the Himalayas to deliver supplies to ...

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 ...

Lori Piestewa


Private First Class Lori Piestewa, 23, was classified as missing in action after enemy soldiers ambushed her unit shortly after the beginnning of hostilities in Iraq in March 2003. She was declared dead on April 4, 2003. Piestewa was a member of the Hopi Tribe, whose reservation is near the community of Tuba City, Arizona. She was a single mother raising two ...

Thomas Denetdale


Sgt. Thomas Denetdale, 49, has served in the US Army for 28 years. He is a Native of Phoenix, AZ originally from Tohatchi, NM. Thomas has three children: Stephen, Milayna Donya and Naloni Ella Denetdale. Sgt. Denetdale served in Four Deployment tours: Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In November 2009, Sgt. Denetdale was featured in the 13TH Sustainment Command Article for assisting with making a ...

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 ...

Frank Brennan


On June 13, 1940 at 20 years of age, Frank joined the Black Horse Troop which was a part of the Illinois National Guard and the last of the US Cavalry. In November 1940, President Roosevelt called up the National Guard and federalized them, making them a part of the United States Army. In September 1942 he entered the Signal Corps Officers Candidate School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey and became a Second Lieutenant. Over the next 2 years he ...

Travis Nottingham


Travis Nottigham is a loving father of two children, Kailie and Connor. He is so full of life and energy. He has served in the army for over 15 years and is currently serving in Afghanistan. Travis has been through and was selected in Special Forces Assement and Selection. Travis has never met a stranger in his life. He is a true leader of men and a great friend to everyone he ...

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 ...

Ron Paul

Air Force

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paul is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Duke University School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. He served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965 and then in the United States Air National Guard from 1965 to 1968. He worked as an obstetrician-gynecologist from the 1960s to the 1980s, delivering more than 4,000 babies. He became the first Representative in ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Panayiota Bertzikis

Coast Guard

Panayiota Bertzikis enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 2005 and served at Coast Guard Station Burlington, VT and Coast Guard Boston. While on Active Duty she was repulsed in the way that sexual assault survivors were treated in the United States Coast Guard and founded the Military Rape Crisis Center from her barrack room to offer support and assistance to her fellow shipmates/survivors. The Military Rape Crisis Center is now the ...

Roger Parrish

Air Force

Roger Parrish was born Feb 1,1935 in Carbondale, Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois he entered Air Force flight training and graduated first in his class. He was selected to attend the Air Force's Top Gun School, winning all three trophies available for academics, gunnery skills and top student. From 1969-1970 he flew over 100 combat missions in Vietnam. In 1972 Roger was selected to be the leader of the USAF Thunderbirds ...

Victor Colombi



Victor, "Vic"  Colombi (Oct. 13, 1947 - Feb 21, 2015)

Vic graduated in June, 1965 from Euclid High School and after a brief attendance at Ohio State University entered the U.S. Marine Corps. During active duty and service in Vietnam he was awarded the Purple Heart,  National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign ...

Albert T. Pirtle


Sgt. Albert T. "Snapper" Pirtle (Sedona, Arizona):  U.S. Army 82nd Airborne - 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment "Red Devils" - Operation Neptune, D-Day, Normandy.  Sgt. Pirtle was a rigger for the 508th and one of only four ...

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