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Honor Our Heroes Program 2020-08-04T18:53:03-07:00

Honor Our Heroes Program

Honor. Respect. Gratitude. These are the characteristics Honoring America’s Veterans (HAV) seeks in candidates for the 2020 “Honor Our Heroes” competition.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HAV is keeping our veterans and community safe by adhering to public safety guidelines. Therefore, we are changing our Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Event on November 11 from in-person to a virtual one. We are also shifting the role of the traditional Veterans Grand Marshals to “Honor Our Heroes” honorees.

As part of this competition, HAV will select seven “Honor Our Heroes” winners from World War II to the present day, to be a part of the new online event – USA, A Beacon of Liberty.

The Honor our Heroes competition allows HAV to feature each nominee in our upcoming online event on November 11, 2020.


Now is your chance to nominate a veteran for this distinction. The deadline for nominations is Saturday, August 31, 2020.

The criteria for nominating Veterans are as follows:

Include the Veteran’s era of service:

  • World War II − 1941 to 1945
  • The Korean War − 1950 to 1953
  • The Vietnam War − 1958 to 1975
  • Cold War − 1945 to 1991
  • Desert Storm − 1990 to 1991
  • Operation Enduring Freedom − 2001 to ongoing
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom − 2003 to 2011

Denote any medals, ribbons, combat actions/or special efforts of recognition. These may include gallantry, distinguished service, commendation, achievement, etc. You can find the list in order of precedence on Wikipedia.

NOTE: The winners will need to be able to drive to Phoenix to read their essay in studio.

Disclaimer: Nominations become the property of HAV and will become part of the HAV library in support of the HAV mission. The review team will select one first-place honoree for each era of service and one alternate. Each selectee and alternate will need to provide proof of military service via a valid DD214 or other official military service documents.

Each selectee will be interviewed for the online event broadcast, will receive recognition on the HAV website, will receive credit on HAV social media sites, and will receive a commemorative gift. Nominee selections will occur in August.

Nominees will be invited to participate in viewing the taping of their selectee for the online event and will receive a commemorative HAV t-shirt.

HAV reserves the right to change or alter this event or activity due to public health or other national, personal, or business issues that may impact our nonprofit.