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|The 2012 San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 15 November 2012 05:29|
In what has become an annual tradition over the last 9 years in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, the San Fernando Valley
Veterans Day Parade rolled proudly along Laurel Canyon Boulevard. in Mission Hills. As is the tradition, the parade started precisely at the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – the official kick-off of Veterans Day
The Veterans Day Parade is a tradition which started in 2003 with members of the Los Angeles, Veterans Advisory Commission and in coordination with the community. The parade is also dedicated to Alfred Anthony Flores, who died in 2009.
Alfred gave his father, Fred A. Flores, a staff member in Congressman Howard Berman's office, the idea of starting the Veterans Day parade in the San Fernando Valley, so veterans and their families would not have to drive far for a parade. Long Beach
at the time, was the closest Veterans Day parade. "We are here to honor our veterans, all the brave men and women who set aside their personal safety to defend and protect our nation," said Donna Beiter, director, of the Department of Veterans Affairs for Greater Los Angeles Health Systems. 'Thank You Veterans'. The VA float featuring veterans and healthcare workers was among many floats, twenty veterans groups, classic cars and numerous high school marching bands and the San Diego-based Navy Band Southwest.
All of the wartime eras were represented with San Fernando valley veterans who served in WWII to Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
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|Last Updated on Thursday, 15 November 2012 20:10|