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Patriot Day Celebration

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    Thousands gathered at Paseo Highlands Park for the largest Patriot's Day celebration is Arizona.
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    The celebration featured performances by Tony Orlando and Joe Nichols.
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    Music began early with the CTS Band taking the stage.
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    Kids took on the challenge of climbing the rock wall.
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    Attendees had the chance to explore a V-22 Osprey and other military aircraft.
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    The day was a great opportunity to show appreaciation to America's heroes.
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    Governor Jan Brewer gave thanks to all those who protect our country.
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    Gov. Brewer told a touching story of how our country has risen from the ashes of 9/11.
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    Tony Orlando joined Gov. Brewer on stage.
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    Tony opened for Bob Hope in performances for the troops during the Vietnam War.
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    Tony told the story of performing for POW's who had just been released from captivity. All but one soldier sang and clapped along...
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    That one was John McCain. He was in too much pain to clap, but said he was tapping his tow the whole time! Tony and Sen. McCain have kept in touch ever since.
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    Sky divers parachuted in to the festival to demonstrate their skills.
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    KFYI's Mike Broomhead emceed the day, with help from KNIX's Barrel Boy and Ben & Matt.
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    Patriots big and small made the day memorable.
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    Several Huey helicopters were on display, and took off before the main acts took the stage.
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    Kids watched in awe as the military choppers took off.
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    You couldn't ask for a more beautiful day for the celebration.
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    The choppers were a sight to behold.
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    Backstage, Mike Broomhead posed for pictures with Governor Jan Brewer and Tony Orlando.
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    KFYI's Mike Broomhead prepares to introduce Tony Orlando to the stage.
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    But first, Governor Jan Brewer waves to the crowd.
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    Tony opens the show with "They're Coming to America".
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    The song immediately gets the crowd to their feet.
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    You can tell how passionate Tony is about the music and the troops.
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    The crowd responds with "Today!" throughout the song.
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    Tony then follows up with his first hit, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon".
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    Throughout the night, Tony kept the crowd excited with his original songs and covers.
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    Afterward, Mike Broomhead came back on-stage with Barrel Boy to pour the "Regimental Cocktail".
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    Also known as "The Grog", it is a mix of many different alcohols in a barrel to represent characteristics of our troops. Each ingrediant was poured by someone affected by 9/11 and America's wars.