Victor Peterson Jr.

New Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame member Victor Peterson Jr.  joins an elite group.

Buckeye resident Victor Peterson Jr. was among the 22 new members inducted into the United Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame on Oct. 18.

The hall of fame is sponsored and run by UAV, a coalition of over 50 veterans’ groups that meet monthly to represent the needs of vets to state and national legislators and provide communication between the different factions.

Every year, a select group of veterans is nominated for their service and work in their communities after their military retirement. A panel of 13 members thoroughly examines each nominee’s credentials in an extensive background check. Then, the Arizona governor must sign off on each inductee.

Past inductees, since the hall was founded in 2007, include important state figures such as John McCain, Barry Goldwater and Pat Tillman.

Peterson listened intently as state figures like Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Director Wanda Wright introduced the veterans and the committee presented each member with a lapel pin.

“I felt very humbled. I didn’t do anything special to get any awards or anything, I just try to be involved and do as much to help local veterans as I can,” Peterson said.

He was honored for his years of service in the military, and even more with veterans’ groups such as local VFW chapter and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, and others.

He is still active in many of them, including Team Red, White and Blue, and is planning on marching with the group, holding a giant United States flag in the Buckeye Veterans Day parade to come. 

“The flag is going to take up almost the whole street width, and I think there are about 60 of us who will hold it up,” Peterson said. “So that’s really exciting.”