As the difficult year of 2020 comes to an end, we look forward to welcoming the joy of the holiday season. Despite the challenges of the COVID pandemic and its economic impact, our community has been strong—knowing we would weather the tough times. As we watch the leaves change, there is the feeling of better times ahead. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so many of our traditional events were either cancelled or modified. Today, I am thrilled to announce the annual Veterans Day Parade will be held as scheduled on Wednesday, November 11th to honor our veterans and celebrate our freedoms.
Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans and is a time to recognize members of the armed services who served their country honorably during war and peacetime. The patriotism of our residents is a hallmark of our community. In 2018, Prescott was named Most Patriotic City in Arizona and that patriotism is showcased in our annual parade.
This year, the Veterans Day Parade opening ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the stage at the intersection of Cortez St. & Union St., and the parade will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to join us in honoring our veterans and celebrate the more than 50 entries for this year’s event. As always, our very own Michelle Stacy-Schroeder, Recreation Services Manager, who is a veteran herself, has partnered with many Prescott area organizations to put this year’s parade together.
The Veterans Day Parade ushers in our festive holiday season. There is a reason that Prescott is called Arizona’s Christmas City. There will be no shortage of opportunities for everyone to safely celebrate the holiday season with: the Holiday Light Parade, Christmas Courthouse Lighting and, of course, Acker Night Musical Showcase. Celebrating the season and taking in the wonder of the lights and sounds fills me with pride and reminds me just how important it is to take the time to enjoy the small things amidst what has been a trying and difficult year for my family and for many of you as well. I look forward to seeing the many faces of our community during this wonderful time of the year in Arizona’s Christmas City. God bless each and every one of you, our wonderful community, and our great country.
Mayor Greg Mengarelli