The annual East Valley Veterans Parade will honor our nation's veterans Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in downtown Mesa. The parade will begin at the intersection of Center Street and University Drive and will travel south on Center Street and turn west on First Street. The parade will continue on First Street to Robson where it will end.
This year's parade has the theme "Commemorate and Celebrate" to pay tribute to two significant mile markers in history: the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the 100th anniversary of observing Veterans Day, established in 1919 as Armistice Day. This year's grand marshal is retired Lieutenant Henry DuBay. He signed up for a new pilot training program shortly before Pearl Harbor in 1941 and flew numerous missions, including during the Normandy Invasion or D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. DuBay, who is now 95, later worked for NASA on the Apollo Project. More information about the parade is available at www.evvp.org.
Prior to the parade, at 10:45 a.m., a brief program will recognize Veterans for their service to our country. It will include remarks from U.S. Representative Andy Biggs, Mesa Mayor John Giles and Gilbert Vice Mayor Eddie Cook.
The following streets are scheduled to be closed for the parade:
7 a.m. (parade staging)
Center Street - 9th Place to University Drive (no northbound traffic)
Center Street - at Brown Road (local traffic only southbound from Brown)
Center Street - at 9th Place (reduced to one southbound lane to University Drive)
8th Street - Center to Mesa Drive (local traffic only; Mesa Drive to Fitch Park driveway)
Athletics Way (6th Place) - Center to Fitch Field parking lot
8 a.m. (the parade route will be closed)
Center Street - University Drive to Pepper Place
3rd Place - Center Street to Drew
MLK Way - Center Street to Centennial Way
2nd Street - at Center Street
2nd Street - Robson to Country Club Drive
1st Street - Centennial Way to Country Club Drive
Macdonald - Pepper Place to 2nd Street
Robson - Pepper Place to 2nd Street
Morris - 1st Street to 2nd Street
University Drive - Mesa Drive to Country Club Drive
All streets adjacent to Center Street north of University to Brown Road will not be able to access Center Street at 7 a.m. All streets adjacent to Center Street south of University will be unable to access Center Street at 8 a.m.
University Drive will reopen to through traffic at Center Street at approximately 12:30 p.m. All streets should reopen by 2 p.m. Traffic can detour around the parade route by using Main Street, Mesa Drive, Country Club Drive and Brown Road.
The City of Mesa offices will be closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Trash and recycle barrels will be on the normal collection schedule. Residents should have their containers out no later than 6 a.m. Bus and light rail routes will operate on their regular schedules, with the exception of Express and RAPID commuter bus services which will not operate that day. The BUZZ circulator bus, Route 30 University Drive and Route 120 Mesa Drive routes will be detoured during the parade. Visit www.ValleyMetro.org for details.
All branches of Mesa Public Library will be closed Nov. 11. Webster, Jefferson, Broadway and Eagles recreation centers will be closed. The Red Mountain Recreation and Fitness Center will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. However, the Red Mountain fitness classes are cancelled and drop in volleyball and pickleball are unavailable. The Red Mountain Active Adult Center will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oakwood Creative Care will be open 7 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. The Dobson Ranch Golf Course will be open and the Kino Aquatic Center and Skyline Aquatic Center will be open for adult lap swimming.
The Mesa Arts Center, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, the Store, box office and administrative offices will be closed. The Arizona Museum of Natural History and i.d.e.a. Museum will also be closed Nov. 11.
Another Veterans Day observance in Mesa is the Royal Air Force Cadet Memorial Service Sunday, Nov. 10 at 10:45 a.m. at the Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St. The service, presented by the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona, honors the 23 British cadets and one American pilot killed in air accidents during Falcon Field's four years as a training facility for U.S. and British fighter pilots during World War II. Those individuals are buried in a special section of the Mesa Cemetery. This observance has been held in Mesa annually for more than 30 years.
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Contact: Kevin Christopher