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The Sec of Defense Trophy is awarded annually to a
Marching Non-Commercial Parade Unit displaying
The Most Creative Salute to the Troops

The voting for the Sec of Defense Trophy is open until August 24, 2016 10:00 p.m.

To qualify for the most Creative Salute to the Troops a unit must display:

  • The Parade Theme Colors of RED, WHITE, & BLUE
  • The theme of the unit must be Original Artwork or Idea
    • Example: TJMaxx 2011 employees decorated shopping carts with Support to the Troops hand crafted posters.
  • A unit is eligible to win the Secretary of Defense Trophy once every 4 Years.
  • A unit is eligible to win a different division during the waiting period to recapture the Secretary of Defense Trophy.

Trophy Winners receive the following:

  • Preferred placement in the Parade lineup the following year.
  • Prepaid entry in the 2016 Parade the following year.
  • A Trophy Banner to hang on their Parade entry
  • Winner to be determined by a combined vote of the following groups:
    • The Veteran's Day Parade Group, Inc. Board Members (each member 1 vote)
    • The Trophy Committee (counts as 1 vote)
    • The vote popular vote on the enternet (counts as 1 vote)
    • Winners will be notified by the Trophy Committee
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Mission Statement

The Veterans Day Parade Group, Inc., is an all volunteer non-profit organization. Our mission: is to organize and execute the Tampa Bay Veterans Day Parade. To honor and thank all U.S. Military Veterans for their sacrifices, promote patriotism in our community, perpetuate a positive image of American Veterans, and foster pride in service to our country.

Contact Us

Veterans Day Parade Group, Inc.
P.O. Box 262125
Tampa, FL 33685 USA