America’s fighting men and women will be honored a week from Friday during the city of Murrieta’s 20th annual “Veterans Day Parade,” featuring marching bands, representatives from all service branches and a flyover of military aircraft.
“This event is woven into the fabric of our community and showcases how patriotic Murrieta is,” Mayor Jonathan Ingram said. “For 20 years, our residents have come together on Veterans Day to honor and celebrate those who have served in the military. This event exemplifies the support Murrieta residents have for our military.”
The event is slated to get underway at 10 a.m. near the intersection of Ivy Street and Washington Avenue, rolling through the historic downtown area along Washington to Town Square Park, where the “Field of Honor” will be on display at Adams Avenue and Kalmia Street.
All three of the city’s high school marching bands will be taking part in the event, which will additionally include veterans groups, personnel from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy, public safety officials and equipment and a flyover comprised of warbirds, according to the city.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Temecula, will be the grand marshal, leading the parade.
Issa enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school and received an ROTC scholarship to attend college in Michigan. He worked in the private sector for several decades before entering national politics and has been a congressman for 20 years.
The Field of Honor will be available to visit prior to the parade and for two days afterward.
Sponsored by the Murrieta Rotary Club, the site is established every November ahead of Veterans Day as a memorial to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. Armed Services, and a salute to those who have completed their service or remain on active duty.
The tribute is in its 14th year, and more than 2,000 3-by-5-foot American flags will be on display, beginning Saturday, thanks to donations to the Rotary.
“In this stressful time for our country, we can take extra pride in the service of others to our nation and our community,” according to statement from the nonprofit.
Additional information is available at murrietarotaryclub.org/about-the-field-of-honor/.