Veterans Day Events Around the Valley

November 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Parades, music, awards and more.FRESNO
The 90th Annual Veteran's Day Parade: This long-standing and historical Veterans Day tradition continues. Join in honoring our armed forces at the largest Veterans Day Parade in the U.S.

Fresno Veterans Day Parade - www.aycsnetwork.com

The Veterans Day Parade Ceremony
The West Coast Largest Veterans Day Parade, a long-standing and historical tradition, which originated in the City of Fresno by the American Legion Fresno Post 4 in 1919, is honoring the returning World War I soldiers. The 2009 Veterans Day Parade will be host this year to the 10,000 veterans and individuals participating in the parade. 26 marching bands, floats, military vehicles and military units. The Veterans Day Parade will start on Wednesday November 11, 2009.

The Fresno Veterans Day parade will start at 10:30 AM with the opening ceremonies in front of Fresno City Hall.

The Veterans Day Parade Ceremony at 11:00 AM.

Taps played at 11:11 AM commemorates the ending of World War I, Eleven 11 Month, Eleven 11 Day, and Eleven 11 Hour.

This year's Fresno Veterans Day Parade 90th Anniversary honors the United States Navy. We welcome the United States Navy men and women from across the United States who participates in this special commemoration.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Downtown Fresno.

Various Downtown Road Closures on Wednesday for the Veterans Day Parade

Beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Street Closures:
  • Tulare Street: from H Street to Van Ness Avenue
  • Fresno Street: from Van Ness Avenue to P Street
  • Van Ness Avenue: from Tulare Street to Fresno Street
  • H Street: from Inyo Street to Tulare Street
  • P Street: from Fresno Street to Inyo Street
  • Inyo Street: from P Street to H Street
Motorists may experience some delays in the downtown area.

Road closure schedule posted online at www.fresno.gov/traffic

When: Wednesday, November 11 beginning at 8 a.m. The parade is expected to conclude by 3 p.m.

PORTERVILLE
Porterville Veterans Day Parade & Band-A-Rama
Location: Main Street, Downtown Porterville
Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 10:00am

The biggest Veterans Day celebration in the Valley. The annual Band-A-Rama follows the parade and is held at Jamison Stadium, where 15 combined high school, junior high, and elementary bands will participate in a mass band performance.

MERCED
The Merced County Veterans Council is currently planning the 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade, which will be held on November 11, 2009. The parade will be the centerpiece of the celebrations held that day.

Local veteran service organizations will begin by holding a ceremony at the Courthouse Park Veterans Memorial at 11:00 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony with speakers and music at Bob Hart Square starting at 12:00 p.m.; the parade follows at 1:00 p.m.

Local service organizations and community groups are encouraged to participate in the parade. The entry fee is $15.00 per group or entry. The deadline for entries is October 28th. The parade will start at the corner of West Main and G Streets, proceed west on Main, and turn north on O Street to its end.

"The Veterans Day Parade continues to be an important event for Merced County. It is our privilege to welcome residents downtown to honor our area veterans and their families," commented Darren Hughes, the Merced County Veterans Service Officer. "We would greatly appreciate the help and support of the community to honor them on this national holiday."

November 11th was originally celebrated as Armistice Day, marking the end of the First World War. In 1954, Congress passed new legislation changing the name to Veterans Day in response to Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, who had organized parades and festivities to honor veterans in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Merced County Veterans Council consists of members of local veterans' service organizations, political representatives, business owners, and service providers. The Council welcomes new members interested in promoting the care and well-being of our community veterans who have served our nation.

For more information regarding Merced County, please visit our website at www.co.merced.ca.us

VISALIA

Veterans Day Program Wednesday Nov. 11 at 1 pm at the historic Visalia Fox Theater downtown Visalia.

Speeches, singing, and a slideshow will be part of an hour-and a-half-long program Wednesday to honor armed service members and mark Veterans Day in Visalia. The program, organized by the Visalia Veterans Committee, at the Visalia Fox Theatre, will kick off at 1 p.m. with a posting of the colors by the NAS Lemoore Navy Color Guard and a Pledge of Allegiance . Jenna Glick and the Golden West Vocal Ensemble will sing the national anthem and "God Bless America," and retired Senior Chief Engineer William Jackson will follow as the program's main speaker.

POW/MIA ceremony, veterans of the year awards

After a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony and several patriotic songs, several local veterans of the year will be honored, and Jim Pidgeon, president of the AMVETS Department of California National Service Foundation will speak.

Slide show
A slide show designed by Golden West High School students and featuring photos of veterans and local service members will also take place before a benediction and playing of taps close out the program.


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