​1st Lt Frank Luke Jr. 

Memorial Museum

Desert Warriors & Friends, 
​CONGRATULATIONS Warriors and Friends!!!!!!!! 
​Denette Reid called me tonight and let me know that Desert Warriors was awarded the First Place trophy for a military entry.  Denette graciously helped me out by representing Desert Warriors in accepting the trophy.  Her Patriot Youth Corps also received a First Place trophy for their entry.  Congratulations to her group for winning first place two years in a row! Desert Warriors are now two for two with winning a first place award at the Mesa Veterans Day parade. A special thanks to the Blue Star Moms of the Southwest Valley, Charlie Lewis for his help with the Grand Marshall, Dave Baron with his chopper entry and Dave Vaillancourt for handling my 5 Ton and trailering the Korean Veterans.  Also a special thanks to Sam DiMarco, our Director of Media Relations, for video coverage of both these parades.  Thanks again to Lt Col Robert Ballou  for being my right hand man again.  Thanks to Mark Daily for the outstanding quality newsletter that also highlighted these events and Captain Brandon Lawler, our Web Administrator for adding all this to our website at "desertwarriorsofarizona.com" web site.  Both trophy and the plaque will be presented at our January 16th meeting. 
Thanks again for all who helped make this happen. 
Bill