Black Canyon City resident and veteran, Gerry Cook of VFW Post 1796, took the reins for the Veterans Day Parade held Saturday, November 7th.

When Woodrow Wilson declared 11 November a holiday, the primary intention was to have a day to think about and reflect on the sacrifices of those who had served in the military during World War I. Observation of the holiday through parades and ceremonies was envisioned.

Black Canyon City is dedicated to honoring anyone who has served in the United States military and recognizes veterans with parades and flag raising ceremonies every year.

“I would like to say what a thrill it is to march through town and see so many of our residents and friends turn out to honor the Veterans. It is so meaningful to us Veterans to see more and more people standing and honoring our flag as we march by. Every  year we notice an increased number of the youth as well doing this,”  Mr. Cook said.


The charming little town of Black Canyon City was sunlit with floats, horses, flags, cars and riders laced Old Black Canyon Highway while spectators lined up to catch the view.

“From start to finish we had 36 entries this year and would like to thank all who took time to participate. A special thanks to Chuck Torrie for announcing again this year and also to the Javelina for allowing us to set up there and supplying the power for announcements,” Gerry Cook added.

Martin Moreno of Ridgeline Academy provided artwork for the Black Canyon Bullet float.  The Black Canyon Bullet serves as the community newspaper both in print and online.  Students and families attended from nearby communities to participate in the parade.


“I had fun decorating and making posters for the Black Canyon Bullet float.  “I was excited to ride on the float and to throw candy to the people at the parade,” fourth-grader Michael Edwards said. It was a community event filled with families and blue skies.   “I rode with my mom, dad and sister and Ms. Lane’s grandkids, and it was cool because my dad is a veteran,”  fourth-grader Michael Edwards added with a smile.

The events continue November 11th, with a flag raising ceremony at 11 a.m. at the VFW Post 1796 located at 34801 Velda Rose Road, in Black Canyon City.

“We would like to let everyone know that we are doing a flag raising ceremony,  the public is invited and encouraged to attend,” Mr. Cook said in closing.

VFW Post 1796
Address: 34801 Velda Rose Rd,
Black Canyon City, AZ 85324