East Valley Veterans Day parade proceeds with coronavirus precautions

Nov 10, 2020, 4:25 AM
(East Valley Veterans Parade Photo)...
(East Valley Veterans Parade Photo)
(East Valley Veterans Parade Photo)

PHOENIX – An annual East Valley parade honoring veterans will continue as a community car parade on Wednesday.

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the East Valley Veterans Parade will feature a socially distant “reverse” format.

Vehicles will enter the parade route at University Drive and Centennial Way where they will be directed to a spectator waiting area.

After opening remarks from Mesa Mayor John Giles and Grand Marshal Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser and the national anthem, vehicles will be directed down the parade route where they can view more than 30 parade entries.

“As a not-for-profit, community-based utility with more than a century in the Valley, SRP believes it’s important to set aside a day to commemorate those who have served our country,” SRP Community Outreach Manager Andrea Moreno said in a press release.

The parade’s theme is “Celebrating Lives of Service,” which aims to recognize the different ways that veterans have served the community through active military service to frontline occupations after their time in the service.

Spectators can begin to gather at 10:15 a.m. The parade will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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East Valley Veterans Day parade proceeds with coronavirus precautions