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Veterans Day will be quite a bit more quiet and reserved this year, without the parades and big celebrations the holiday honoring the military usually has.

Many of the traditional Veterans Day celebrations will be online this Nov 11.

But the city of Avondale is joining forces with local veteran groups and Estrella Community College for a Veterans Ceremony and Virtual Run starting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Breakfast kicks off the event at Avondale City Hall Outdoor Amphitheater, 11465 Civic Center Drive.

Masks will be required, and the ceremony will include other COVID-19 safety protocols, including social distancing.  

A ceremony that begins at 9 a.m. will be shared live via the Avondale Events Facebook page.

The ceremony is free to attend, no reservation required. The cost for breakfast is a $5 suggested donation, free for veterans, active military and their families.

The Virtual Fun Run cost for participation is $25. Active duty and veterans get a discount, as the fee is only $11.11. 

Register online at estrellamountain.edu/vetfunrun.

All net proceeds will directly support the Veterans Increasing Persistence Program (VIPP). This program is designed to assist veterans in financial situations that may prevent them from going to school or completing a degree.

For more information about the event, contact Avondale Parks and Recreation at 623-333-2400 or visit avondaleaz.gov/events.

In Goodyear, the city will be doing a virtual Veterans Day Tribute, according to Corrine Holliday, a city spokeswoman.

She said residents can show appreciation for veterans by picking up a free patriot yard sign from the Goodyear Recreation Office, 3075 N. Litchfield Road.

The city of Goodyear also requested videos of local veterans and their families for “a special Veterans Day tribute video that will be shared on social media.”

Similarly, the city of Buckeye is doing a virtual tribute, according to spokeswoman Annie DeChance. “We asked residents to submit photos to us, including what branch, years of service, etc., a few weeks ago. We received over 125 entries,” she said.

Results will be displayed on Buckeye’s Facebook page Veterans Day.

Most city offices will be closed on Veterans Day.