The Pleasanton community is set to join together this weekend to honor area military veterans during the 22nd annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. this Sunday downtown.
Thousands of residents typically line Main Street to watch as hundreds of veterans, active service members, elected officials, local organizations and others march along the afternoon procession. The parade is always held in advance of the actual holiday so veterans and civic leaders can represent Pleasanton in other celebrations on Veterans Day itself.
The post-parade event will follow at 2:15 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building and include Doug Mishler's historical performance as Gen. John J. Pershing -- with the parade and post-parade event both paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Mishler, who will also serve as parade grand marshal in character, will tell Pershing's story and interact with the audience at the veterans hall. The Pleasanton Community Concert Band will also perform during post-parade program, which is free but seating is limited.
Mishler, who holds a Ph.D. in American cultural history and often directs or acts in plays or historical performances, has appeared many times at the Firehouse Arts Center over the years, performing the roles of Nikita Khrushchev, John D. Rockefeller, P. T. Barnum, Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford.
The Tri-Valley Veterans Day parade and post-parade event are organized and hosted by American Legion Post 237, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 and the Major General William F. Dean Chapter of the Association of the United States Army.