Here Comes the Parade! Local Jim Oliveri on the popular Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade
One of Anthem’s most popular attractions, the Daisy Mountain Veterans (DMV) Parade, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9. Now in its ninth year, the event is among the largest and most spectacular of its kind in the state of Arizona and has quickly become a local tradition.
Schedule and Route
The parade will step off promptly at 10 a.m. from King Drive just south of Boulder Creek High School immediately following a powerful cannon blast heard all across Anthem. The line of march will begin north on Gavilan Peak Parkway, turning east on Anthem Way, then south on Freedom Way, and concluding at the Anthem Community Center.
Each year, the DMV recognizes a specific group of veterans. Past honorees have included World War II vets, the Navajo Code Talkers, the Buffalo Soldiers, the Arizona Rough Riders, POWs and Wounded Warriors. Serving as Honorary Grand Marshals this year will be seven veterans of the Korean War. Other participants will include school units, military floats, patriotic organizations, and local businesses. A new entry will be a fully restored OH-6A Cayuse Loach helicopter that was shot down several times while serving with the 1st Air Cavalry in Vietnam. The aircraft will be on display at The Outlets immediately following the parade. For those who enjoy marching bands, we have Arizona’s own 108th Army Band, the Glendale Pipes and Drums, the Boulder Creek High School Band, and more.
Toys for Tots
The Daisy Mountain Veterans will again participate with the U.S. Marine Corps in its Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped gifts can be deposited in collection boxes along the parade route on the day of the event. The Marines distribute these toys to less-fortunate children during the holidays.
The Daisy Mountain Veterans organization is comprised of American Legion Post 128 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12031, both based in Anthem. The DMV parade is funded entirely by contributions from individuals and businesses. Any excess donations are used to assist needy veterans in our area.
“We have 100 volunteers who work year-round to put together a wonderful parade,” says Mary Ann Derryberry, event organizer. “It will be a great show for the entire family. Don’t miss it!”
Be sure to join us on Nov. 9 for what may very well be the best veterans’ celebration in Arizona.
Two Korean War-era veterans from Anthem will serve as grand marshals in the DMV Parade on Nov. 9.
Lt. Commander Thomas G. Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. As a Navy pilot, he flew anti-submarine patrols from the USS Boxer near Korea, accumulating 5,000 air hours and 200 carrier landings. Cmdr. Smith earned an Air Medal, Navy Unit Commendation and a National Defense Medal. He retired from the Navy in 1974 and is now active in the Daisy Mountain Veterans organization.
Quartermaster Ralph Walters served in the Navy aboard the USS Renville off the coast of Korea from 1953 to 1957. Walters was part of the ship’s navigation unit. During his tour of duty, he earned a Korean Service Medal, a National Defense Medal, and a Navy Good Conduct Medal. He is also an active member of the Daisy Mountain Veterans.
Jim lives in 85086 and is a retired bank vice president, a writer, and an editor. He’s written two books based upon his experiences while serving with a military advisory unit in Vietnam. Currently, he’s publicity chairman for Anthem’s Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade.