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Centenarian Ted Giannone raises both hands in the air as he lands at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa on Oct. 30, 2022, after becoming Grounded No More’s 500th rider since 2016.

Dressed in the same flight suit he wore in World War II, 100-year-old Ted Giannone stepped into a bright yellow Fairchild PT-26 trainer plane, becoming the 500th rider of Mesa-based nonprofit Grounded No More - founded in 2016 to take veterans on “honor flights” free of charge. Read more»

Joanna Shakro, 5, hugs Mas the miniature horse after a reading program at Fountain Hills Library on March 24, 2022.

Animal-assisted therapy is a growing form of therapy that can help people of all ages both mentally and physically by relying on the bond between animals and humans, and can help a variety of conditions, from Alzheimer’s to PTSD to learning disorders. Read more»

Mexican poppies and lupine bloom outside Lost Dutchman State Park on March 17, 2022. To germinate, wildflowers depend on timely winter rains and moderate soil temperatures in the fall.

Arizonans won’t have much luck finding many wildflowers this year, and some experts fear the future will have fewer Mexican and California poppies – as well as lupine, chicory, fiddlenecks and a host of other wildflowers – as the Southwest continues to heat up and dry out. Read more»

A three-volley salute is fired in honor of Vietnam veterans at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Cave Creek on March 29, 2022.

Vietnam veterans were honored Tuesday - National Vietnam War Veterans Day - by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona with a private wreath-laying ceremony. Read more»

Robert Sutz looks at some of his completed life masks at his art studio in Scottsdale on Feb. 12, 2022. He began making the masks in the 1990s while working for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation.

Over the past 30 years, about 200 “Holocaust survivors, liberators and righteous gentiles” have sat in the chair of Werner Salinger - himself a survivor of Nazi atrocities - to have their faces preserved as a “life mask" in his art studio east of Old Town Scottsdale. Read more»

Demonstrators gather at Phoenix’sColter Park in support of Ukraine after marching from the Ukrainian American Cultural Center in Phoenix on Feb. 27, 2022.

Hundreds of demonstrators marched from the Ukrainian American Cultural Center to Colter Park in central Phoenix on Sunday in support of Ukraine after Russia launched a full-scale invasion last week. Read more»

Holocaust survivor Dirk Van Leenen, 81, talks with Cronkite News about his experience during the war years in Holland at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society on Jan. 27, 2022. Van Leenen was on the last train to Bergen-Belsen, a concentration camp in Germany, when he was 5. 'I’m alive, but I’m blessed to be alive,' he says.

Thursday marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day – 77 years since Allied forces liberated the emaciated survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, but for the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, every day is a day to remember the Holocaust. Read more»