By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– The City of Victorville will host its 22nd Annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Old Town Victorville.
A variety of marching bands, entertainers and military units are scheduled to participate in the parade, which will begin at 9 a.m. at the corner of Tracy and 7thStreet. The Veterans Day Ceremony immediately follows the parade at the corner of 7th Street and Forrest Avenue.
The City will once again incorporate a Salute to Victorville Veterans into the Ceremony. The tribute will include recognition of 75 Victorville Veterans. Information about their military service will appear in the event program, and their photos will be featured in a commemorative slideshow. New to this year’s Ceremony will be a special tribute to local Veterans of WWII.
“Each year, our goal is to find the heroes among us and honor them,” says Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia. “We realize that through their selfless service, duty and personal courage our Veterans make Victorville a better place; and this event is our way of bringing our community together to show our Veterans our gratitude.”
The morning’s events will begin with the City’s Freedom Mile Run at 8:45 a.m., which serves as the kick-off for the parade. Registration for the run will be at the corner of 7thStreet and Forrest Avenue at 8:15 a.m. This year, runners will receive a commemorative t-shirt.
The Southern California Logistics Airport is the Premiere Sponsor of this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony.
Portions of 7thStreet from Mojave Drive to B Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the Parade and Ceremony. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes. Those attending the Parade and Ceremony are encouraged to travel Hesperia Road into Old Town.
The City’s Veterans Day events are free and open to the public. For more information call (760) 245-5551 or (760) 955-5028.