Thousands turn out for Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade

Event dedicated to those who served during Vietnam War era

Thousands lined Main Street Sunday to watch the 20th annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade.

Some 91 marching, walking and motorized units filled the downtown for the one hour parade, followed by a festive ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Building, with patriotic music played by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band under the direction of Bob Williams. The program included a short film narrated by Sam Elliott. Then, Taylor will presented commemorative pins to all Vietnam-era veterans who served from 1959 to 1975.

The event is held annually, sponsored by Pleasanton's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298, the American Legion Post 237 and the Maj. Gen. William F. Dean Chapter of the Association of the United States Army.

It is held ahead of the actual holiday so that veterans and civic leaders can represent Pleasanton in other celebrations on Nov. 11.

It is also the largest observance in Northern California, featuring military and veteran color guards, marching bands, horses, jeeps, Humvees and other military vehicles. Marching along the way also were Girl Scout and Boy Scout organizations, Scottish pipe and drum units, the Alameda County Sheriff's Posse, elected officials from Tri-Valley cities and veterans from Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea and even World War II.

This year's parade and post-parade ceremony in the Veterans Hall were dedicated to those who served during the Vietnam War era. It was among more than 7,000 events being conducted across the country to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Army Maj. (Retired) James A. Taylor, a Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, was the parade grand marshal.

Logan Frizzell, almost two years old, at the end of the month. He was in last years parade in a Marine Corp Uniform!! I will send you that from my phone.

Pat Frizzell


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