Downtown Puts Unique Spin Veteran’s Day Celebration

October 30, 2014

The Beach provides a unique volleyball experience.

The Beach provides a unique volleyball experience.

By Downtown Tucson Partnership Staff

The rite of Veteran’s Day embraces a miscellany of meaning. For some, this holiday is a construct of nationalized remembrance for the services of the armed forces to the country; a means of saying “thank you.” For others, it’s a day off of school or work, a chance to get errands done or just sleep in a bit. For many, however, the importance of this national holiday is a metered rhythm of momentary silences, a reminder that freedom is not free.

Tucson’s acknowledgement of heroes and she-roes will switch gears on Saturday, 8 November 2014, becoming a springboard for the Veteran’s Day Parade the following Monday. In an effort to fuse national pride with an air not somber, but festive, the Downtown Tucson Partnership will host an engaging Veteran’s Day event to celebrate our local and national veterans.

The plan? Take over The Beach—conveniently located due west of Hotel Congress—for a daylong volleyball tournament. 45 N 5th Avenue will be abuzz with activity, as well as your chance to pay homage to veterans and players. Current and former service members alike are welcome to participate in and be present at this event.

Celebrate America, Honor Our Veterans is the first event of its kind, ushering in an annual volleyball competition between service members playing to win The City of Tucson Veteran’s Day Cup, presented by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. This high-energy competition will be replete with a beer garden and mélange of food trucks, culminating in an exhibition of military vehicles, live music and honor guard appearance.

Beginning at high noon, service members stationed in Southern Arizona will face-off in teams of four, whittling down players until the Mayor can bestow the winning team with an award. Military vehicles will arrive for display at 3PM. In addition to announcing the victors of the tournament, Mayor Rothschild will impart a proclamation to preview upcoming events and activities for our city’s veterans at 5:30. The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Honor Guard will precede Rothschild’s speech.

Following the festivities of the day, relax with your family for a showing of the film Big Fish at 6:30 PM. The 2014 sponsors for the first annual Volleyball Tournament and Veteran’s Day Celebration are Raytheon and Caid Industries.

Veteran’s Day will be observed Tuesday, 11 November 2014. Many schools and government offices will be closed in observance of this national holiday. As a continuation of this celebration, a Veteran’s Day Parade will be hosted beginning at 11AM at the corner of Alameda and Granada.