Veterans Day is Saturday, and there are plenty of parades and ceremonies to honor our nation’s veterans. Four of those events will feature flyovers of jets from the Luke Air Force Base.
Here’s a roundup of the events going on in the Valley.
Phoenix Veterans Day Parade
The 21st annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. in uptown Phoenix.
Seven local veterans who served from WWII, to Korea, to Vietnam and the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts will be the grand marshals.
The parade starts at Montebello and Central avenues, runs southbound, turns east on Camelback Road, then turns south on 7th Street and ends at Indian School Road.
The parade ends around 1 p.m., and streets should open up shortly after.
Road restrictions will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. until 1 to 2 p.m.
You can learn more about the parade and road closures here.
Apache Junction Veterans Day Parade
The Apache Junction Veterans Day Parade will start with a flyover from Luke Air Force Base at 9:30 a.m.
The Massing of the Colors ceremony of remembrance will take place shortly before that at 9:15 a.m.
The parade starts from Phelps Drive and heads west on West Apache Trail to South Gold Drive. It will loop back around, heading east on Apache Trail and ending on Phelps Drive.
You can check out a map of the parade route here.
Avondale Veterans Day
The City of Avondale will be celebrating Veterans Day with a 5K Fun Run, ceremony and Warriors' Breakfast.
Event day registration for the 5K Fun Run is $35. Discounts are available for veterans.
The fun run starts early at 8 a.m. at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale with a "boot camp-style" fun run with obstacles throughout. Boot camp stations include timed sit-ups and push-ups, ammo can lifts, tire flipping and more.
Since it wouldn't be much fun otherwise, you can bypass any and all obstacles if you feel like it.
The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
EMCC Culinary Program students will prepare eggs, pancakes and bacon for the Warriors' Breakfast afterward. The breakfast costs $5 per person, but it's free for veterans and their families with military identification and included with the fun run registration.
More information is available here.
Peoria Veterans Day
The City of Peoria will unveil an expanded Veterans Memorial Wall, a new exhibit and a reflection area at the Rio Vista Community Park.
A ceremony and dedication will take place at 7:30 a.m. Afterward, the event wil move inside the recreation center with a light breakfast. A documentary will be shown at 9 a.m.
More information about the event is available on the city's website.
Glendale Veterans Day Ceremony
Glendale’s annual Veterans Day celebration will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Glendale Public Library Auditorium Saturday.
The event will feature keynote speaker Chief Master Sergeant Randy Kwiatkowski, the 56th Fighter Wing command chief.
Jets from the Luke Air Force Base will perform a flyover at 10:30 a.m.
The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary will also be hosting an event afterward at their service office at 8447 N 61st Avenue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The City of Glendale has more information about this event on its website.
East Valley Veterans Parade
More than 2,000 people are expected to march or ride in the East Valley Veterans Parade in Mesa this year.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. and will last about 1.5 hours.
It starts on Center Street and University Drive, turns west onto First Street and continues to Robson.
You can see a map of the parade route and road closures here.
Goodyear Veterans Day Tribute
This free event at Goodyear Ballpark starts with a barbecue at 2 p.m.
The Heroes Formal Tribute, featuring Brigadier General Brook J. Leonard, commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, begins at 3 p.m.
One of the highlights will be a flyover of jets from the Luke Air Force Base at 3:30 p.m.
The event offers multiple other activities to honor our veterans as well.
Surprise Veterans Day Parade
The City of Surprise will be hosting its third annual Veterans Day Parade.
It starts at the Surprise Recreation Campus at 9:30 a.m. and will last about an hour.
You can see the flyer for the parade here.
Gathering of Legends
You’ll be able to meet veterans who served from WWII through today at the Commemorative Air Force Airbase in Mesa on Saturday.
The Gathering of Legends events includes exhibits and artifacts, including “some of the rarest airplanes in the world.”
If you know someone who would like to attend and be honored at the Gathering of Legends, contact the museum at email@example.com.
For more information, visit the museum’s website.