April 9, 2013
Caption:Mayor Greg Stanton
Mayor Greg Stanton and the City of Phoenix have committed to ensure the continuation of the annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade after the VA withdrew its support.
“Veterans are the pride of our community; they risked their lives for us,” Stanton said. “This parade is a Phoenix tradition to show our gratitude for our service men and women. I can’t imagine Veterans Day in our city without a show of thanks in this parade for our troops.”
Stanton asked city staff to find a solution to save the parade, and city officials, nonprofits and stakeholders will meet Monday to agree on the best plan for Phoenix to facilitate the parade.
“Given the sacrifices of veterans and their families, this is the least we can do to step in and make sure this tradition continues,” said Vice Mayor Bill Gates.
“The Veterans Day Parade is a public display of thanks for our veterans, and we will do everything we can to make sure it continues,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams.
“The Phoenix Military Veterans Commission would be honored to partner with the City of Phoenix and Honoring Arizona’s Veterans,” said Brad Bridwell, the co-chair of the Phoenix Military and Veterans Affairs Commission. “This event is so much more than just a parade. It is a cherished tradition — a day for the community to rally behind our veterans and show our gratitude. The Commission is thrilled to play a role in ensuring its continuation."
“A few days ago it wasn’t certain whether we would have the resources or support to continue the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade,” said Katherine Brooks, president of Honoring Arizona Veterans. “Today, I am thrilled about the possibility of partnering with the City of Phoenix. On behalf of Honoring Arizona’s Veterans, I would like to thank Mayor Stanton and the city for supporting our veterans and ensuring that they continue to have a special day of community celebration and recognition.”