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Californians celebrate Veteran's Day in nearly every city and community throughout the state. The events take place on November 11 and surrounding days to honor U.S. veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Veterans Day National Ceremony is held annually on November 11th, with one national service at Arlington National Cemetery. It starts with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations.

The day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations, said President Woodrow Wilson when he declared the first celebration would be called Armistice Day.  Congress amended it in 1954, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans."

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VETERANS DAY PARADES IN CALIFORNIA ON NOVEMBER 11, 2014-- unless otherwise stated, events subject to change, confirm before going!

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  • CUPERTINO: Tuesday, November 11 Veterans Day Memorial Event Memorial Park   11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cupertino Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Mary Ave & Stevens Creek cupertinoveteransmemorial.org
    MISSION VIEJO: 2 p.m.  (No parade) Veterans Day Observance On this special day, we honor and remember the men and women of the Armed Forces. Norman P. Murray Community & Senior Center FREE.
  • MOORPARK: Veterans Day Observance We will honor the men and women who have served, who are serving and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Refreshments will be provided. Presented by the American Legion Post 502, the City of Moorpark, American Legion Auxiliary, Boy Scouts of America, Forty & Eight, and Kiwanis Club of Moorpark. Corner of Spring & Flinn, Tuesday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. Veterans Memorial, For more information, please call the American Legion at (805) 523-3355, moorparkca.gov
  • MURRIETA - Nov. 11 Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. at Ivy Street / Washington Avenue to B Street and ends at Town Square Park. After the parade, stay for the unveiling of the Korean War Wall at the Veterans Memorial in Town Square Park. Also see

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  • CRESCENT CITY: Crescent City Veterans Day Parade 10 a.m
  • ELK GROVE: 13th Annual Elk Grove Veterans Day Parade and Salute, Parade begins at 11 a.m.
  • FAIRFIELD: Veterans Day Commemoration and Parade, Commemoration Ceremony 10 a.m. Parade 12:30 p.m.
  • FOLSOM: Wayne Spence Veterans Day Parade, 9 a.m. Starts at E. Bidwell and Mantorse
  • FRESNO: Largest Veterans Day Parade on the West Coast at 11:11 am in front of Fresno City Hall
  • FULLERTON: 26th Annual Fullerton Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony, 10:30a.m., Hillcrest Park
  • GREENVILLE: Annual Veterans Day Parade Parade starts at 11am. Main Street
  • HOLISTER:   Veteran's Day Parade. Held Downtown. Time: 1:30 p.m. sbcveterans.org
  • JACKSON: Jackson Veterans Day Parade, 10:00a.m., Downtown Jackson, Jackson, CA
  • LEMOORE: City of Lemoore Veterans Day Parade, 6 p.m.
  • LONG BEACH: 17th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade: A Salute to Those Who Served, November 9, 2013 10:00a.m. Parade begins at Harding Street (just south of Artesia Blvd), Long Beach, CA
  • MARYSVILLE: Yuba-Sutter Veterans Day Parade. 11 a.m.,  D Street & 7th
  • MODESTO: Modesto Veterans Day Parade/Ceremony, Parade November 11, 2013 at 9:00a.m.,  10th & O Street to Graceada Park, Modesto, CA
  • OROVILLE: Veterans Day Parade. Starts at 11 a.m. The theme is: Eleven, Eleven, Eleven, Remembering 9/11.  Parade begins exactly at 11 a.m.
  • PALM SPRINGS - Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade. Time: 3:30 p.m. along Palm Canyon Drive.
  • PETALUMA:  North Bay Veterans Day Parade is largest Veterans Day Parade in Northern California. 1 pm.
  • REDLANDS: City of Redlands 125th Anniversary Veterans Day Parade, 9:00a.m. Jennie Davis Park
  • SAN FERNANDO: Veteran's Day Parade Starts November 11-2013 at 11:11 a.m. San Fernando Mission Blvd. and Laurel Canyon Blvd. in the City of Mission Hills
    SACRAMENTO - Veterans Day Parade. Honoring Heroes Past & Present is the theme of this event that begins at 10 a.m. (starts at Capitol Mall & 3rd and ends at 9th Street) with a 11 a.m. program to follow at Capitol Mall. Entertainment, children's activities and displays. Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. cityofsacramento.org
  • SALINAS -Veteran's Day Parade, 2 - 3 p.m. oldtownsalinas.com Veteran's Day Parade, 2 - 3 p.m.
  • SACRAMENTO: Veterans Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. (starts at Capitol Mall & 3rd and ends at 9th Street)
  • SANTA BARBARA: Santa Barbara Veterans Day Parade, November 10, 2013, 12:00p.m. Starts at Sola & State Streets
  • VISALIA - Visalia Veterans Day Parade, November 9, 2013 10 a.m. Begins at Main and Garden Street, Visalia
  • WATSONVILLE - Veterans Day Remembrance. Parade from St. Patrick's Church. Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • WEST SACRAMENTO - West Sacramento Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11, 2013. Location: 1100 Carrie St.

EVENTS

ALHAMBRA -  Veterans Memorial. Refreshments will be served after the event at American Legion Post 139, 24 N. Stoneman Ave. Ceremony begins at 11 a.m.  at  Veterans Memorial Wall, Alhambra Park, 500 N. Palm Ave. , Alhambra, CA. alhambrachamber.org

ARTESIA - Veterans Day event from 5 to 8 p.m. at Artesia Park, Artesia, CA. .cityofartesia.us

BAKERSFIELD
- Veterans Day Celebration and Military Vehicle Show.  Military vehicles will be on display throughout the museum grounds with over 40 vehicles showcased.  The South High School ROTC will present the colors at 3 p.m. Live music will be performed in the Bandstand Green. The event is FREE and food is available for a nominal fee.  Hours: 2 - 7 p.m. Event location: Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, CA.  MinterFieldAirMuseum.com

CALISTOGA
-  Veterans Day Ceremony. Presented by Calistoga Veterans Memorial/American Legion the event is held at 10 a.m. at the Calistoga Veterans Memorial, 1745 Washington St., Logvy Park. Calistoga, CA.

CERRITOS
- Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. November 11, 2013. The community is invited to attend the City of Cerritos Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11 near the Cerritos Veterans Memorial in the Cerritos Civic Center. The event is being held in honor of those who have defended our nation's freedom by serving in the United States Armed Forces. For more information about the Veterans Day Ceremony, contact the Community Participation Division at (562) 865-8101, cerritos.us

CHOWCHILLA - Veterans Commemoration Ceremony always held on November 11, 11 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park. Veterans Ceremony is held to pay tribute to the men and women that have given their service to our country. The public is encouraged to attend. The event is co-sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars & VFW Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion. Refreshments are provided by Soroptimist International of Chowchilla. ci.chowchilla.ca.us

CITY OF INDUSTRY
- Land of the Free Veterans Day Golf Classic.   Land of the Free Foundation's fundraising efforts provide for men and women of United States Armed Services Past, Present and Future. The annual golf tournament seeks to raise over $1 Million at Pacific Palms golf course event.  Founded by decorated Marines and Vietnam Veterans Ed Roski, Jr. and Kent Valley and former Navy fighter pilot John Semcken, Land of the Free Foundation raised over $1 million in 2010.   Pacific Palms is located at One Industry Hills Parkway , City of Industry , Calif. 91744 . Call (626) 810-4455. pacificpalmsresort.com.  Golf Course: ihgolfclub.com.  

CORONA - Veterans Memorial Dedication.  o The community is invited to the dedication of the Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m. on  November 11  at the south entrance of City Hall. The Veterans Memorial is dedicated in honor and recognition of all past and present veterans of the United States military. Parking will be available in the north lot of City Hall. The design is a five-sided monolith structure, representing each branch of the military with bronze service medallions. The design includes a water feature around the monolith, new stairs, flags, hardscape improvements, trees, benches, sleeves for flags around the Memorial, and a kiosk containing a database of local veterans. If you have any questions and/or need further details, please contact: Parks and Community Services Department at (951) 736-2241

CRESCENT CITY -  Crescent City Veterans Day Parade November 11, 2013, 10:00a.m., Contact: 707-464-2154 Starting at Veterans Memorial Hall, 810 H Street, Crescent City, CA 95531

CUPERTINO - 2013 Veterans Day Celebration Korean War Boulder Mark your calendars now for Monday, November 11, 2013, 11 a.m.  and plan to join us at the annual Veterans Day Celebration at the Veterans Memorial in Cupertino's Memorial Park. cupertinoveteransmemorial.org

CYPRESS - Veterans Day Tribute - November 9, 2012, 11 a.m. 1 Senior Center, Cypress, CA. ci.cypress.ca.us

DANA POINT - Veteran's Day Memorial Service. Dana Point VFW Post 9934 & Ladies Auxiliary are hosting a ceremony on November 11 at 10 a.m. Cost: Free Location: Strands Vista Park 34201 Selva Road Dana Point , California 92629  The Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934 & Ladies Auxiliary and the City of Dana Point proudly recognize all veterans for their service and sacrifices. Contact (949) 248-7696 or visit vfwpost9934l.org

DIAMOND BAR - Veterans Recognition Day Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 9 am to 11 am. Veterans Recognition Ceremony Diamond Bar Center, 1600 Grand Avenue, Diamond Bar, CA. Reservations are required. Contact (909) 839-7067.  A special ceremony to recognize and pay tribute to Diamond Bar veterans. This annual ceremony features patriotic entertainment, and awards presentation, and light refreshments. Attendance is free and open to everyone, but requires reservations. Contact Community Services Coordinator Andee Tarazon at 909.839. or atarazon@diamondbarca.gov

DOWNEY - Sunday, November 11, 2013 10 a.m. Downey Civic Center - 11111 Brookshire Ave. The City of Downey will be holding its annual Veterans Day Ceremony along with a special unveiling of a new Veterans Memorial. City officials will be present to take part in this special event and the public is invited to attend to help honor and pay tribute to those who have served our Country. For more information, please call the City Managers Office at (562) 904-1895.

DIAMOND BAR - November 7, 2013, 9-11 a.m. Diamond Bar Center All previously honored veterans are invited. If you have not been honored by the City Council previously, and would like to be honored, please contact 909.839.7067 or visit www.DiamondBarCA.Gov/veteransday

FAIRFIELD - Veterans Day Commemoration and Parade,  Commemoration Ceremony 10 a.m. Parade 12:30 p.m. Location: Civic Center Drive at the Chamber of Commerce, 1111 Webster St. 4. Parade Begins: 12:30 - Assembly Areas: Webster Street, beginning at Kentucky.  Parade will be traditional, allowing one minute for a salute at Reviewing Stand  and will not include political entries. Call: (707) 422-0103. fairfieldmainstreet.com

FRESNO - Veterans Day Parade, Largest Veterans Day Parade on the West Coast.  Veterans Day Parade occurs on November 11th at 11:11 am in front of Fresno City Hall, Fresno, CA. The event is broadcast live locally and worldwide via satellite to all of our service men and women on bases around the world! The goal is to honor all of our service men and women in a huge show of appreciation each year. fresnovdp.org

GREENVILLE - Annual Veterans Day Parade Parade starts at 11am. Main Street in Greenville. Call: (530) 284-6633,  Indianvalleychamber.snappages.com

HAWAIIAN GARDENS - Veteran's Day Ceremony at C. Robert Lee Activity Center. hgcity.org

HOLLISTER - Veteran's Day Parade. Come downtown to celebrate and remember the courageous men and women of the armed forces who protect and serve the nation. Time:  1:30 p.m. sbcveterans.org

IRVINE - November 11, 2013 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Veterans Day: Honoring All Who Served A special ceremony to pay tribute to our nation's troops-past and present. Free event. Col. Bill Barber Community Park (CBBCP) Park in the lot off Harvard and San Juan. 949-724-6600

LA PUENTE - Veterans Day Ceremony.  The City of La Puente will celebrate the commitment to past U.S. military personnel and those from La Puente currently serving our nation, taking place at the Veterans Memorial adjacent to City Hall. All residents, friends, and family members are invited to honor American Veterans on this special day. Time: 9 a.m. Location: City Hall, La Puente, CA.

LA QUINTA - Veterans Day Ceremony. Takes place at 11 a.m. at La Quinta Civic Center. All invited, free.

LONG BEACH -  17th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade: A Salute to Those Who Served, November 9, 2013 10:00a.m., Contact: 562-570-6137 Parade begins at Harding Street (just south of Artesia Blvd), Long Beach, CA

MANHATTAN BEACH
- 15th Annual Veterans Day Multi-Generation Event November 11, 2012, 11 a.m. Cost: Free Location: Veterans Monument Veterans Parkway, Valley Drive and 15th Street Manhattan Beach, California. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Department (310) 802-5448. In the event of inclement weather, the Veterans Day Multi-Generation Event will be held at the Joslyn Community Center, 1601 Valley Drive.

MILPITAS - Veterans Day Ceremony.  November 11, 2012, 9 a.m.  Held to honor men and women who have served for the cause of America's freedom, show your appreciation for all veterans. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony,  rain or shine. Time: 9 a.m. Location: Veterans Plaza at Milpitas City Hall 455 E. Calaveras Blvd. between City Hall & Community Center. Call:  (408) 586-3210. ci.milpitas.ca.gov

MISSION VIEJO - Veterans Day Ceremony. On this special day the city honors and remembers the men and women of the Armed Forces. Time: 2 - 3 p.m.  Location: Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA. Call (949) 470-3062

MODESTO - Modesto Veterans Day Parade/Ceremony, Parade November 11, 2013, begins at 9:00a.m., Ceremony begins at 10:30a.m., Contact: Richard Edgecomb 209-521-0093 10th & O Street to Graceada Park, Modesto, CA 95354

MONROVIA - Veterans Day commemoration will take place at 11 a.m. at the Armed Services Memorial in front of the Monrovia Public Library in Library Park. The public is invited.
 
MURRIETA
- Veterans Day Parade. 11th annual event  begins at 10 a.m.  at Ivy Street / Washington Avenue to  B  Street and ends at Town Square Park. After the parade, stay for the unveiling of the Korean War Wall at the Veterans Memorial in Town Square Park - 12 noon. murrieta.org

NEWHALL -  Veteran's Day Ceremony. The event is a partnership between the City of Santa Clarita and the Veterans' Historical Committee, the SCV Chapter 91 Blue Star Moms, Blue Star Moms of the Canyons Chapter 82, Prayer Angels for the Military, and the Knights of Columbus. The Ceremony honors Veterans and individuals serving in the military and their families. Location: Veterans Memorial in Old Town Newhall, Ca. For more information, please call (661) 286-4018.

OAKLAND
- Veterans' Day Commemoration. Guest speakers, the Skyline High jazz band and a host of veteran organizations mark this annual commemoration. Location: City Hall Amphitheater, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free Admission. oaklandnet.com

ORANGE - Sunday, November 11, 2012 2 p.m. Veterans Memorial at Depot Park 100 N. Atchison St., Orange 92866 Join the City of Orange to honor past veterans and current military with patriotic music and inspirational speeches. Parking for this event is very limited, however individuals requiring special assistance may be dropped off in the designated zone on the corner of Atchison & Chapman.

PALM SPRINGS - Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade. A post-concert and fireworks begin immediately following the parade. The parade has been designated as a Regional Site for the observance for Veterans Day by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: along Palm Canyon Drive. The parade travel northbound starting at Ramon Road and ending at Alejo Road.
 
PETALUMA
- North Bay Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, November 11, 2012. . The largest Veterans Day Parade in Northern California makes its way through downtown Petaluma beginning at 1 pm. petalumaveteransflyin.com

PINOLE - Veterans' Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony  November 11, 2012  11 a.m. at  Fernandez Park (510) 724-9507. pinolehistoricalsociety.org The Pinole Historical Society 5th Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony invites public to attend.  Boy Scout Troop 86, West Contra Costa Girl Scouts, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2798, St. Joseph School choir, Pinole Valley High School Marching Band, Pinole Police Explorers, Pinole youth commissioners, and Mayor Peter Murray, among others, will participate.

ORANGE - Veterans Day Tribute. Event honors past veterans and current military with patriotic music and inspirational speeches. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Veterans Memorial at Depot Park 100 N. Atchison St., Orange.  Call: (714) 744-7294. cityoforange.org 

OROVILLE
- Veterans Day Parade. Sponsored by the Oroville Exchange Club honors service men and women with a parade down Montgomery St. in historic Downtown Oroville starting at 11 a.m. The theme is: Eleven, Eleven, Eleven, Remembering 9/11. Entries arrive beginning at 8:30 am, Parade begins exactly at 11 a.m. Call: (530) 534-8393

PISMO BEACH -
Veterans Day Celebration.  Celebrate and remember the national heroes at a Memorial Service on the pier. Program begins at 11 a.m. Call: (800) 443-7778. Location: Pismo Beach Pier

SAN DIEGO - Veteran's Day Parade Nov. 11, 2013. Starts at 11 a.m. on N. Harbor Drive sdvetparade.org

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY - Veteran's Day Parade Starts on 11-11-2013 at 11:11 a.m. San Fernando Mission Blvd. and Laurel Canyon Blvd. in the City of Mission Hills Information for Veterans and hotdogs for at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center following the parade.  sfvveteransdayparade.com

SALINAS - Veteran's Day Parade, 2 - 3 p.m. oldtownsalinas.com

SACRAMENTO - Veterans Day Parade. Honoring Heroes Past & Present is the theme of this event that begins at 10 a.m. (starts at Capitol Mall & 3rd and ends at 9th Street) with a 11 a.m. program to follow at Capitol Mall. Entertainment, children's activities and displays. Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. cityofsacramento.org

SALINAS - Veteran's Day Parade, 2 - 3 p.m. oldtownsalinas.com

SANTA BARBARA -  Santa Barbara Veterans Day Parade, November 10, 2013, 12:00p.m. Starts at Sola & State Streets and ends at Veterans Memorial Bldg,112 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA

STANTON
- Veterans Day Celebration. The ceremony  begins at 10 a.m. and members of the public are invited to attend the event. Refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the Stanton Community Foundation, the City of Stanton and the Stanton Chamber of Commerce Women's Division. Location: Veterans Memorial Park, 10970 Cedar St., Stanton, CA. Call (714) 890-4270.  ci.stanton.ca.us

VALLEJO - Veteran's Day Memorial. O'Kane Division of the Sea Cadets will again provide the Color Guard. Ceremony will include a wreath laying at the USS Boston Monument, which honors sailors killed while loading ammunition at Mare Island in 1892. Taps will be played by Lt. Horton of the Vallejo Police Dept. A souvenir photo of a Mare island event will be made available to attendees. Anyone needing guidance to the Cemetery should arrive to caravan at the Tennessee St. entrance to Mare Island by 8:45AM. A special History presentation for those who stay after the playing of TAPS.  Location: Mare Island Cemetary, End of Railroad Ave., Vallejo, CA. Time: 9 - 11 a.m. Call: (707) 557-1538. MareIslandHPF.org

VISALIA - Visalia Veterans Day Parade, November 9, 2013 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m., Contact: Dennis Sirkin 559- 334-8038 Begins at Main and Garden Street, Visalia, CA

WATSONVILLE - Veterans Day Remembrance. Parade from St. Patrick's Church, Ford & Main Street to Veterans Memorial Building, 215 E. Beach Street. Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.  ci.watsonville.ca.us

WEST SACRAMENTO - West Sacramento Veterans Day Parade   Nov. 11, 2013. Riverbank Elementary School 1100 Carrie St. West Sacramento, CA 95605 (916) 375-7700, The parade, featuring floats, bands, veterans and other local private and public groups, will begin at 11 a.m. Expected to last around one hour, the parade will then segue into a fun community event honoring veterans.

YORBA LINDA -  Special Veterans Day tribute program. Free admission all day. nixonfoundation.org

YUCCA VALLEY - Veterans Tribute  Honoring Veterans Past and Present on November 11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. All activities will be held at the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex All are Welcome! Military and Public Safety Static Display, Special Presentations, 11 a.m. to noon. Community BBQ and Music Noon to 1 p.m.   Presented by: The Town of Yucca Valley in cooperation with the City of Twentynine Palms, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and the Morongo Basin Veterans of Foreign War.   yucca-valley.org


 



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