Members of the American Legion will salute health care professionals at the Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley Saturday with a “Gratitude Car Parade,” cruising through the facility’s parking lots to show their support and appreciation amid the coronavirus surge.

The hourlong parade is scheduled to start about noon, when the American Legion Riders enter the site via Cactus Avenue and begin a slow roll that will partially circle the medical center, according to the Riverside University Health System.

“They will be led by a (Riverside County sheriff’s) patrol car between the hospital and the medical surgical center, and then through select parking lots on the east side of the campus,” RUHS spokeswoman Heather Jackson said.

The participants will exit via Nason Street at the conclusion of the event.

The American Legion Riders number over 100,000 nationally, with 2,000 chapters. They are often involved in motorcycle processions tied to military funerals, but also appear in parades recognizing special occasions.

Multiple organizations have taken part in regional events this year honoring frontline health care workers. Most of the efforts have been aviation-based, with flyovers of hospitals by historic aircraft formations, as well as military planes.

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