Phoenix, AZ – Pride. Patriotism. Service. These are characteristics Honoring America’s Veterans (HAV) seeks in candidates for the 2020 “Honor Our Heroes” nominees. Nominations are open now through August 31.
The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade is typically a large-scale special event with thousands of participants and spectators. Due to COVID-19 and to embrace public safety guidelines, this year’s event will move from in-person to online. Thus, these nominees will take the place of the Parade’s traditional Grand Marshals.
Organizers say the spirit of Honoring America’s Veterans will continue.
“During this challenging time, it is important for us to keep the focus on honor, respect, and gratitude for nation’s veterans on Veterans Day,” said Paula Pedene, Honoring America’s Veteran’s new executive director. “Highlighting them, and those who support them in our community, will remain an integral part of our efforts whether they be online or another forum,” she added.
The 2020 “Honor our Heroes” nominee competition selects recipients from each era of service who then represent their comrades. Eras include:
- 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
Nomination guidelines can be found online at honoringamericasveterans.org
About Honoring America’s Veterans
Since 2011, Honoring America’s Veterans (HAV), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization strives to help Arizona’s veterans heal and reintegrate back to society through honor and recognition events. These events include the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade, the Honoring Our Heroes Veterans Grand Marshals competition, and the Parade’s High School Essay program. To learn more visit: honoringamericasveterans.org