Healthy young people running race on seaside promenade

"The day will also feature a Fitness Fun Run that starts at 8:30 a.m."

Avondale will celebrate Veterans Day on Monday Nov. 11, with “a multifaceted community celebration to honor those who have served our country.”

The city-hosted  ceremony takes place 9:30 a.m. at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), on the southeast side of campus’ outdoor lawn. It includes patriotic displays provided by local veteran groups; a formal ceremony recognizing all military branches; guest speakers, and performances by the EMCC Jazz Ensemble.

The day will also feature a Fitness Fun Run that starts at 8:30 a.m. Cost for participation in this run is $30 for military, veterans and those who pre-register online through Nov. 10.

Event day registration is $35.  All active duty and veterans get a discount, for a fee of $11.11. 

Following the run is a “Warrior’s Breakfast” at 9 a.m., cooked by EMCC’s culinary students. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.

Entertainment includes a Kid Zone where children 3 to 10 can bowl, finger paint, complete an obstacle course, and get their faces painted. The Trio Salado Jazz Quartet featuring Kurt Hauser, EMCC Music Adjunct Faculty, will also perform prior to the ceremony.

Cost: Registration is free for military members and veterans ( $11.11 fee to receive a T-shirt and swag bag.)

Proceeds benefit EMCC’s Veterans Increasing Persistence Program (VIPP). The program, which launched in 2017, is designed to assist veterans in financial situations that may prevent them from going to school or completing a degree.

To register for the fun run and breakfast or for more information, visit