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Veterans Day family events in greater Phoenix

Phoenix Veterans Day Parade, starting at Central and Montebello avenues, is Nov. 11. Photo

Veterans Day events in metro Phoenix

Celebrate our veterans with parades, performances, fun runs and more this weekend.

Voices of Valor (Nov. 9). The Phoenix Boys Choir sings patriotic and popular songs at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Veterans Day at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park (Nov. 10). Author and Army veteran Marc Raciti and his wife keynote the City of Scottsdale’s annual Veterans event. Plus, performance by the 108th Army Band.

ASU Veterans Day Pow Wow (Nov. 11). All ages. Native American dancers, drum groups, food and vendors in Glendale.

City of Phoenix Veterans Day Parade (Nov. 11). This year’s annual event includes eight Grand Marshals veterans representing each era of military service from World War II to today and honors the contributions of local veterans. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

East Valley Veterans Parade (Nov. 11). In partnership with the Honor and Remember Organization, this Mesa event offers marching bands, flyovers by historical military aircraft, military vehicles, WW II tanks, and the Fallen Soldier Memorial. 

Gathering of Legends (Nov. 11). Shake hands of heroes from WWII through today. Military aviation veterans will share their experiences. Tour exhibits and artifacts and get up close to some of the rarest airplanes in the world.

Veterans Day Fitness Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast (Nov. 11). Honor veterans and their families with a 5K fitness run/walk and breakfast in Avondale.

Veterans Day Gourd Dance (Nov. 11). Bring your favorite potluck dish to share during the break between dances at Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix.

Uncommon Valor (Nov. 12). Community band Salt River Brass celebrate the the men and women of our armed services with a concert featuring Copland, Bernstein and Sousa at Mesa Arts Center.

RELATED: Children’s books that explore service and patriotism

“Got 10 minutes for a vet?”

As we celebrate Veterans Day, do you ever wonder what you can do personally to honor those who serve? Vets Community Connections is a new nonprofit that helps military families reintegrate into their communities. Veterans are matched with individual volunteers who can answer questions about settling into a new community — questions such as how to find a local sports league or a pediatrician. Most volunteers will only spend 10 minutes or so on the phone with a vet or his/her spouse, yet it’s a personal and concrete way to help military families. Details:

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