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Phoenix Veterans Day Parade

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Fourteen Perch Base members took the USS Phoenix float to the Phoenix, Arizona, Veterans Day Parade on Thursday, November 11, 2022.
We staged the float at the Firestone Complete Auto Care at 241 W Osborn Rd (Thanks for letting us use your store lot) and then rode the float to the parade starting point.
ATTABOY to Marcus Hensley! Literally at the last minute as we were fetching the "People Trailer" in the morning, we had a problem with the hitch on the tow vehicle. Marcus dropped what he was doing in the Firestone Complete Auto Care lot, drove to the "People Trailer" parking area and brought the trailer. Many of our members probably would have been left behind if we didn't have the trailer available.
This year’s parade theme was "Liberty, Honor, and Sacrifice."
Organizers anticipated 15 marching units, 2,500 marchers, 10 floats in the parade and 45,000 spectators along the parade route. Seven Veteran Grand Marshals, represented each era of military service from World War II to Afghanistan.

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2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Photos

Preparing the USS Phoenix float in the Firestone Complete Auto Care
(l-r) Jim Denzien, George Woods, Brad Seidel, Chuck Luna, John Beckett, Joe Trotter, Howard Doyle, Chris Gahan, Dave Heighway, Jim Andrews and Don Robertson. Not included in this photo are Marcus Hensley (who went to get the "People Trailer,") Carl Miner who went to assist Marcus, and Dan Marks, who took this photo.

2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Photos

The USS Phoenix (SSN-702) at the North Phoenix Baptist Church.

2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Photos

The "People Trailer," being staged at the North Phoenix Baptist Church lot.

2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Photos

(l-r:) Jim Denzien, Brad Seidel, Marcus Hensley, Don Robertson, George Woods, Carl Miner (wearing Crackerjacks,) Joe Trotter, Chuck Luna, Howard Doyle, Jim Andrews, Dave Heighway, John Beckett and Dan Marks. Not shown: Chris Gahan.

2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Photos

The start of the parade included a flyover by vintage airplanes and another flyover by miliary helicopters.

2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Photos

The start of the parade included a flyover by vintage airplanes and another flyover by miliary helicopters.

2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Photos

The parade started at 9:30 AM. We were staged as entry #71 and didn't roll out of the lot until 12:30 PM, three hours later!

2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Photos

Some photos of the audience along the parade route.

2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Photos

Some photos of the audience along the parade route.

2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Photos

Some photos of the audience along the parade route.

2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Photos

One of the children along the route passed out cards thanking us for our service. Nice touch!

The remainder of theses photos are some of the other entries in the parade, in no particular order:

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2022 Phoenix Veterans Day Photos

The most important job in the parade!

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