The Parade to honor those who served, past and present, begins at 11:11 am on Friday, November 11, at San Fernando Mission Blvd. and Laurel Canyon Blvd. in Missions Hills and culminates at Richie Valens Recreation Center at the corner of Laurel Canyon Blvd and Paxton Street in Pacoima.
Information and hot dogs will be available for Veterans at Richie Valens Park after the parade where there will also be a carnival beginning on Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 13.
The Parade is dedicated to the memory of Alfred Anthony Flores who gave his father, Veteran Fred A. Flores, founder. the idea of starting the Veterans Parade in the San Fernando Valley so veterans and their families would not have to drive to Long Beach, which was closest the Veterans Parade, in order to honor this special day. The Parade is made possible only through donations, sponsorship and support from local elected officials. Donations are welcome and can be mailed to San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade, 1131 Celis St., San Fernando, Ca 91340.
Elected officials who are sponsors include Asssemblymember Patty Lopez, 39th Assembly District, City Council member Bob Blumenfield, District 3, City Council Member Nury Martinez, District 6, and City Councilmember Mitchell Englander, District 12.
Senior Judge Harry Pregerson to Serve as Grand Marshall of the Parade
Senior Judge Harry Pregerson (93 years young) serves as a Senior Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was appointed to the Ninth Circuit in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter and assumed senior status on December 11, 2015.
He is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles (1947) and the University of California, Berkeleys’ Boalt Hall School of Law (1950). Judge Pregerson was also a U.S. Marine Corps First Lieutenant in World War II, during which he was severely wounded in the Battle of Okinawa He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart Medals for that battle.
Judge Pregerson is an advocate for veterans’ interests, and he has worked on behalf of homeless veterans. In 2001 the Department of Veterans Affairs honored him. The then-Acting Secretary Hershel Gober presented him with a token of appreciation with the VA Seal.
Editors note: For more information contact Fred Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org