Veterans Day Parade marches on despite the rainDespite intermittent showers, several hundred turned out Sunday for the 14th annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade on Pleasanton's Main Street. The Pleasanton Police Department motorcycle unit led the parade with more than 80 floats, military vehicles, marching groups and others following. Stirring marching music was provided by the Foothill High School marching band with more patriotic music provided by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band at an indoor ceremony following the parade.
Commander John Molinari of the Navy Operational Support Center in San Jose was the parade grand marshal with this year's event dedicated to the men and women Navy veterans and those still serving in the Navy. At the indoor ceremony, Rear Admiral Jud Scott, U.S. Navy retired, gave the keynote address in a program that included a medley of service songs honoring veterans of all branches of military service. A welcoming address was given by Joseph Stieber, commander of Pleasanton's American Legion Post 237, with Doug Miller, commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298, honoring wounded warriors.