Civic Engagement
Participating in civic activities and engaging with the community are additional ways that students retain and apply lessons of service.

Our Mission Happens Every Day, but Veterans Day Celebrations are Particularly Meaningful.

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Veterans Day in Carefree

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VHP's founding chapter at Cactus High School has been co-hosting the Carefree Veterans Day Celebration with the Town of Carefree since 2008.  The event includes displays from veteran service organizations, speakers, and patriotic music -- sometimes even spontaneous dancing!  Students are honored to be a vital part of the community celebration. 

What is Veterans Day? →
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Phoenix Veterans Day Parade

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Since 2015, Sanderson Lincoln has been a generous partner to VHP for the City of Phoenix Veterans Day Parade.  Not only do they provide cars and drivers for the parade, but the drivers are also veterans!  Veterans and their student interviewers are selected to ride in each car to represent each conflict area and a variety of VHP Chapter locations. Join your fellow VHPers and walk alongside the cars in the parade. Your cheering may earn a Youth Marching Award!

Chapters Show Appreciation in their Communities

A sample of more than 20 annual celebrations.
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Shea Middle School - Phoenix
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Each year 8th grade students help set up "Pillars of Freedom." Parents and friends learn about participating in VHP, and then tour a display of veteran essays posted on the campus courtyard pillars.
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Ironwood
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Ironwood Ridge High School - Oro Valley
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At their annual Veterans Day Assembly, veterans and faculty who are veterans are honored by over 800 attendees. Last year, the school's culinary program even served a special lunch to the veteran guests!
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Canyon Ridge School - Surprise
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Canyon Ridge School not only hosts a beautiful assembly incorporating community groups, VHP students, and the entire school, they also organize a drive to collect goods for elderly veterans.

In addition to participating in the Memorial Day commemoration at the National Cemetery, Chapters are encouraged to connect with their communities by speaking to civic and veteran groups, and participating in other special day’s of observance such as Pearl Harbor Day. VHP will bring veteran presentations to interested school partners, share opportunities for students like you to practice public speaking and support your leadership development through exposure to military leaders and a student officers chapter structure.
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