Hundreds turn out for Veterans Day parade despite intermittent showers

14th annual Tri-Valley parade, ceremony honor Navy veterans, those still serving

Despite intermittent showers, several hundred turned out yesterday 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 march 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 marshall with this year's event dedicated to the men and women Navy veterans and those still serving in the Navy.

At the indoor ceremonies, 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 2q37 with Doug Miller, commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 honoring wounded warriors.

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Posted by Amy
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 8, 2010 at 8:58 am

I am so happy that even though it was a rainy cold day, so many people came out to support our Vets. Thank you Pleasanton for supporting the parade and out Vets!!!

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Posted by Terry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 9, 2010 at 9:15 am

The Foothill Marching band performed the night before the parade in Folsom and did not return to the school until 12:30am. The students were asked to be downtown at 12 pm to march in the parade. All showed up, on time, and eventhough the rain did not let up, stepped off with pride. Not one complained about being soaked to the bone and they all marched the parade with a single purpose, to honor our Veterans.

To those who think that today's youth do not "get it" I wish you could have stood in the rain to watch over 140 who do! Thank you parents and band staff who also "get it" and were also soaked to the bone.

This parade was about our Veterans who deserve this dedication.

We are proud of all of you.

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Posted by Terry
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

I am glad that we still honor our Military. Many people today do not serve our Country, Thy take our freedom without any payment

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Posted by truth
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Too bad our city counsel members don't respect veterans enough to show up. Those that did not attend are pathetic! (We will remember)

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