ELOY — The first Veterans Day Parade at Robson Ranch was attended by a special guest, Mayor Micah Powell, who sat in one of the golf carts that were decorated for the occasion.
“It was very nice,” Powell said. “I appreciated the invite. To see all the flags when we were riding down, and the people on the side of the road saluting, waving hands; the patriotism everybody has is very special.”
Powell said he has many family members who served in the military, including a father who served in Vietnam and a grandfather who served in Korea.
The carts did a figure-eight around the Robson Ranch community, of whom up to a quarter may be veterans.
“Today was about honoring and supporting our troops,” said Joe Marauskis, who helped organize the parade as well as a week’s slate of events intended to fundraise for veterans and their families in southern Arizona. “We have a very generous community, they’ve given a lot.”
In addition to the parade, Robson Ranch’s “Support Our Troops AZ” service club hosted a car show, a silent auction and a bake sale and will be holding cornhole and golf tournaments over the weekend. The group estimated they had raised upwards of $20,000 for veterans so far.
The group said that they had set up over 350 flags around the streets of Robson Ranch for Veterans Day. For more information about the community’s fundraising efforts, readers can go to their website at http://www.supportourtroopsaz.org/.