The 12th annual Inland Empire Salute to Veterans Parade & Expo in Riverside is among the events scheduled for Saturday across the county to honor those who served in the military.
The event will feature marching bands, Riverside Fire Department trucks, police and sheriff’s equipment, members of multiple veterans organizations, JROTC cadets from area schools and military hardware.
Talk radio personality Bryan Suits, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, will be the grand marshal, and the Southern California Patriot Guard Riders will lead the procession.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave., and ends at the Riverside Historic Courthouse, 4050 Main St.
The Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., will host a Veterans Day ceremony that includes a flyover from March Air Reserve Base, speeches and live music starting at 11 a.m.
Murrieta’s 15th annual Veterans Day parade kicks off at 10 a.m. with a flyover at Washington Avenue and Ivy Street, travels northeast on B Street and concludes at Town Square Park’s Field of Honor. Murrieta resident and retired Marine Sgt. Major Dee Cook will be this year’s grand marshal.
Saturday is also the last day to attend the Rotary Club of Cathedral City’s Healing Field, an annual tribute to fallen soldiers in Patriot Park, 33998 Date Palm Dr.
More than 5,000 flags bearing the name, age, rank and branch of people who have died while serving in the military since Sept. 11, 2001, are placed in the park. Volunteers remove the flags after the closing ceremony, which is scheduled for noon.
–City News Service
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