Returning Veterans Will Be Honored in March 31 Parade

March 8, 2012

Arizonans from all walks of life will cheer the troops and wave American flags at a long overdue parade to welcome home returning servicemen and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Saturday parade on March 31 begins at 10:30 a.m. at Stone Avenue and Pennington Street, outside the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Parade viewers are encouraged to bring small American flags to wave.

The parade salutes veterans and active-duty personnel in the U.S. armed services who fought in the Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom–Afghanistan wars. All other veterans are invited to participate.

“Our valiant warriors need to be honored for their service to our country and the brave sacrifices they have made for the cause of freedom,” said Alan Toppel, the parade’s organizer.

The City of Tucson Veterans’ Affairs Committee unanimously endorsed the parade.

“This will be a memorable parade and a proud day for our community,” committee chair Vern Pall said. “The Committee appreciates the chance to say welcome home and thank you to these troops.”

The parade will progress north on Stone Avenue from Pennington Street, move west on Council Street, then north on Church Avenue, west on Franklin, south on Main Avenue, east on Alameda, south on Church, then head east on Pennington. The parade will end where it began at Stone and Pennington.

The parade organizing committee welcomes parade entries, sponsorships, volunteers, and donations. More information is available here.