The Tri-Valley community is set to join together in downtown Pleasanton this weekend to honor area military veterans during the 23rd annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. this Sunday (Nov. 3) on Main Street.
Thousands of residents typically line the central downtown corridor to watch as hundreds of veterans, active service members, elected officials, local organizations and others march along the afternoon procession. The parade is always held in advance of the actual holiday so veterans and civic leaders can represent Pleasanton in other celebrations on Veterans Day itself (Nov. 11).
The post-parade event will follow at the Veterans Memorial Building at 301 Main St.
This year's parade will honor the founding and 100-year history of the American Legion, a nationwide organization whose local chapter is also a co-organizer of the Pleasanton parade.
"Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States," parade organizers said. "Today, membership stands at nearly 2 million in more than 13,000 posts worldwide and includes the American Legion Post 237 in Pleasanton."
The parade will begin at 1 p.m. sharp in front of Veterans Memorial Building and will continue four blocks north to St. Mary Street. More than 100 organizations are scheduled to participate.
The post-parade program will start around 2:15 p.m., back at the vets hall. The Pleasanton Community Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Williams, will perform patriotic music before and during the event, organizers said.
The Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade and post-parade event are organized and hosted by American Legion Post 237, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 and the Major General William F. Dean Chapter of the Association of the United States Army.