Did you know that San Diego is home to more than 260,000 veterans? Each year, thousands of friends, family, and retired or active military come out to celebrate everything veterans have done (and are still doing) for our country. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed “Armistice Day” for November 11, 1919; it was officially renamed Veteran’s Day in June of 1954 and has remained a national holiday ever since. Here’s a look at 2014 Veterans Day Events in San Diego and throughout the county.
Annual San Diego Veterans Day Parade
Tuesday Nov 11
11am – 1pm
The 2014 Veterans Day Parade will be on Tuesday, November 11 at 11am on Harbor Drive. It’s produced by Veterans Week San Diego, which means its open to all and free to the public. As Veterans Day is observed nationwide, the San Diego Veterans Day Parade recognizes the contributions of all of our Veterans from every branch of Armed Forces in all eras of service. This year’s theme will be a special tribute to all Afghanistan and Iraq veterans who served in the years between 2001-2014. The parade will start on North Harbor Drive one block south of Grape St. and proceed south past the USS Midway.
“Salute to Service” Festival at the USS Midway
Tuesday, Nov 11
Enjoy free food and live entertainment, a KidzZone with activities, special prizes and giveaways, vintage war plane flybys and more! The festival is open to the public with regular museum admission and free for Veterans and active military members and their families. Just bring your military ID! (Maximum of 4 admissions per Military ID). Also, from 10am-3pm that same day, the San Diego Blood Bank will be holding a blood drive. Get free museum admission with your donation!
Admission to the USS Midway Museum is FREE for all veterans from November 8 – 11.
Avenue of Heroes Dedication Ceremony
The city of Coronado kicks off a new program that will honor men and women of the military who have called Coronado home with banners along Third and Fourth Streets. Ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at the Naval Air Station North Island visitor parking lot at the main entrance. More info visit, www.coronado.ca.us
Claim Jumper Restaurants will thank US military veterans by offering a free meal on Monday, Nov 10. A special menu will be available to those who have been honorably discharged from the US Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, or Coast Guard.
On Tuesday, Nov 11, Denny’s will host active, inactive, and retired military personnel for a free “Build Your Own Grand Slam” meal from 5am to noon at participating restaurant locations.
Oceanside: The Veterans Association North County will sponsor a ceremony with guest speakers and traditional military presentations from 10am-noon at 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside. A jazz tribute benefiting the VANC, “Talent for the Troops,” will be from 6pm-9pm on Thursday, Nov 13 at the same venue.
Escondido: Grape Day Park will be hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony at 10am on Tuesday, Nov 11 in front of the Military Tribute Wall of Courage Monument, 321 N. Broadway. The celebration will include a full patriotic program with music and honored guests.
Rancho Bernardo: The Veterans Day Ceremonies at the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial will begin at 10:45am on Tuesday at Webb Park at Avena Place off Bernardo Center Drive. Colonel Bruce Bailey of the Mount Soledad Memorial Association will be the keynote speaker.
San Marcos: A Veterans Day celebration, “Honoring San Marcos Hometown Heroes,” is from noon-2pm Tuesday at Helen Bougher Memorial Park, 1243 Borden Road. A reception will follow the program at 2pm.
Solana Beach: The Solana Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5431 will host a free Veterans Day Ceremony from 11am to noon on Tuesday at La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave. Light refreshments will be served.
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