The parade, sponsored by the local posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, included more than 125 entries, ranging from local Girl Scout, Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops and packs to heavy Army trucks, Jeeps and even a Huey helicopter on a float provided by Camp Parks.
Politicians also were in abundance with the mayors of all Tri-Valley cities except San Ramon, and county and state representatives in the parade. Congressman Eric Swalwell walked in the parade, shaking hands with crowds on the sidewalks along the way.
Sunday's parade was the largest veterans parade in the Bay Area. San Jose will also have a parade this weekend, but it will be that city's last. All other earlier parades have since been ended.
For years, Pleasanton has held its annual tribute on the Sunday before the Veterans Day holiday so that military units and other organizations that were committed to other observances could participate here. With the last Veterans Day parade being canceled after this weekend by San Jose, Pleasanton organizations will reevaluate the need to hold the parade here earlier.
This year's parade review officer in Pleasanton was Commander James Ridgway, Commanding Officer U.S. Navy Support Center. The grand marshall was World War II Navy seaman Danny Soria.
Music was provided by the Army 191st band, the Air Force band from Travis Air Force Base, the Navy's Band of the West and marching bands from Foothill, Dublin and Granada high schools. The Oakland Military Academy, Ben Ali Bag Pipe Band and the Piedmont Bag Pipe Band also performed.
Other marching units included color guards from all five branches of the military as well as local veteran organizations and police and fire departments. Military vehicles, vintage and current, classic cars and many motorcycles provided viewing pleasure for everyone.