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The East Valley Veterans Parade is held in Downtown Mesa to honor, thank and celebrate local veterans and active military. Last year, 50,000 spectators watched more than 2,000 parade participants from East Valley communities including Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Higley. Sponsorships by local businesses demonstrate support for our armed forces and help fund this community celebration.
Available sponsorships range from $5,000 to $1,000. Interested parties can call 480.685.2324, ext. 710 or email to.
The parade takes place on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, with a presentation at 10:30 a.m. and the flyover/parade starting at 11 a.m. in Downtown Mesa at the corner of University Dr. and Center St. This year’s parade theme is “Kilroy was Here,” a reference to the iconic graffiti character and corresponding phrase that came to popularity during World War II and quickly became synonymous with the service, dedication and commitment of U.S. Armed Forces.
The East Valley Veterans Parade Association is an all-volunteer community event organization that relies on the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals to accomplish this collective patriotic tribute. The East Valley Veterans Parade is supported by: Grand Canyon University, Times Media, 960 The Patriot, Signarama Chandler, Mesa HoHokams, Mesa Community College, Visit Mesa, Berge Ford, SRP, Downtown Mesa Association, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Albertsons-Safeway, Boeing, Gateway Bank, Mesa Secure Storage, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Virginia Berg and Marc Community Resources.
About East Valley Veterans Parade:
When the annual Mesa Veterans Parade fell victim to necessary budget cuts in 2006, local residents Gerry Walker and Frank “Gunny” Alger spoke out on behalf of the 40-year-old Mesa tradition, with Gerry stating, “There will be a Veterans Day parade if it is only me marching down the street with Frank watching.”
The Marine Corps League (Saguaro Chapter) in Mesa took the lead and the Mesa Veterans Parade Association was formed. In 2013, the all-volunteer organization changed its name to the East Valley Veterans Parade Association to reflect the participation of parade entrants and sponsors from most East Valley communities. Donations to this 501c3 nonprofit organization are tax-deductible.