November 11, 2019 – 11 a.m.

The East Valley Veterans Parade provides an opportunity for the community to gather in honoring, thanking and celebrating local Veterans, active Military, and their families.

2018 East Valley Veterans Parade Service Marshals

The East Valley Veterans Parade Association is pleased to present the Grand Marshal and Service Marshals for the 2018 Veterans Parade.  We extend a heartfelt thank you to our Service Marshals, and to the millions of Veterans they represent, for their service to our Country.

Please click here to visit our Marshals page to read their bios and learn more about their service.

Commander Lester E. Gray, Jr.
Commander Lester E. Gray, Jr.Grand Marshal
Private First Class Loyd Boyd
Private First Class Loyd BoydArmy Marshal
Builder Second Class Carey Slade
Builder Second Class Carey SladeNavy Marshal
Private First Class Gary A. Rood
Private First Class Gary A. RoodMarine Corps Marshal
Colonel Roger K. Parrish
Colonel Roger K. ParrishAir Force Marshal
Lieutenant Commander Wes Burns
Lieutenant Commander Wes BurnsCoast Guard Marshal
Fireman First Class Adolfo “Harpo” Celaya
Fireman First Class Adolfo “Harpo” CelayaSpecial Honoree: USS Indianapolis Survivor

2018 East Valley Veterans Parade Theme: Kilroy Was Here


This year our Parade Theme will be Kilroy Was Here – the phrase and artwork that became an iconic symbol, a legend among the millions of military men and women who served during World War II and on into the Korean War.  Long before the internet, Kilroy was the first truly viral meme.  Everywhere that US forces went, you would find Kilroy popping up in unexpected places across all of the theaters of war visited by American troops.

Kilroy came to signify the US super-GI who always got there first.  He was everywhere, a superhero, a guardian of our troops and a huge boost to morale.  He could always be depended on – the first one there and the last to leave. Competition to inscribe the graffiti in obscure locations kept the battle-weary soldiers busy, and Kilroy’s appearances kept them inspired.  His presence was so ubiquitous wherever American servicemen went, that rumors popped up saying Hitler himself issued orders to find Kilroy, and that Stalin came face-to-face with Kilroy inside a Potsdam outhouse!

This simple graffiti captured the imagination of GIs everywhere they went. By the end of World War II, “Kilroy Was Here” had achieved cult-like status, springing up in the unlikeliest of places.  Rumor has it that Kilroy has been to Mount Everest, The Statute of Liberty, The Great Wall of China and the surface of the moon.  In fact, the National Park Service reports that two engravings, marked “Kilroy Was Here” are tucked into corners of both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.  This “signature” of the memorial confers a further “tip of the hat” to the generation that served in World War II.

Please join us this year, as we celebrate with Kilroy to honor and thank our Veterans, active Military and their families.

East Valley Veterans Parade 2018 Theme: Kilroy was Here

Our Sponsors

The East Valley Veterans Parade Association extends a heartfelt thank you to our sponsors for providing the means to produce the grandest parade in the East Valley.

I Fought For You

Veterans answered the call of duty for God, for Country, for Righteousness sake. They “Fought For You”. This is their call, their mantra: “I Fought For You”.

This authorized copy of the 2010 viral hit “I Fought For You” by The Soundtank and is on loan to the great people of Mesa Arizona and the East Valley Veterans’ Parade. We’re proud to support our vets and grateful for their dedication and service.

Find the original, for sale version of I Fought For You at

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Never Forgetting... Always Honoring