Pleasanton Weekly

News - November 4, 2011

Veterans Day parade on Main Street Sunday

'Army Strong' is theme of 15th annual Tri-Valley event

by Jeb Bing

Pleasanton's 15th annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday with this year's tribute going to the men and women in the Army.

The event will feature military and veteran color guards, marching bands, a Vietnam era helicopter, horses, jeeps, Humvees and other military vehicles, and many other patriotic units.

The parade will start at the Veterans Memorial Building at Main Street and Old Bernal Avenue, with veterans, marching bands, military vehicles and elected representatives from throughout the area proceeding north to St. Mary Street. The parade review stand will be in front of the Museum on Main.

Hosted by Pleasanton Post 6298 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the theme of this year's parade is "Army Strong." More than 100 units will be in this year's parade, including the Blue Star Moms, members of the Pleasanton Military Families, local Scout organizations and other civic groups.

The Foothill High School marching band will participate as will the Young American Patriots Fife & Drum Corps.

The organizers also are focusing on collecting Toys for Tots, a special mission of the U.S. Marine Corps. Members of the P-Town Pushrods car club are working with the Marines and setting up boxes along the parade route to collect unwrapped toys to be given out to children in need during the holidays.

About 3,000 people participate in the parade, which draws up to 7,000 spectators.

Immediately following the parade will be a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building, 301 Main St. For more information, contact David Ham at 580-6661.

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