MURRIETA – Patriotic salutes are planned all weekend and next week in Murrieta to honor the nation’s veterans.
On Saturday morning, the Rotary Club of Murrieta will open its Field of Honor in Town Square Park, displaying 2,014 3-by-5-foot American flags bearing the names of active-duty and former members of the U.S. armed services.
The fifth annual veterans’ tribute will officially get underway at 1 p.m. Sunday with a welcoming service, featuring remarks by local and state officials, after which patriotic music will be performed by local artist Joanna Pearl.
Field of Honor services continue throughout the week. At 2 p.m. Monday, the U.S. Marine Corps’ 239th birthday will be celebrated with special tributes to the USMC.
On Tuesday, the city’s 12th annual Veterans Day Parade will be held, beginning about 10 a.m. at Ivy Street and Washington Avenue. A flyover featuring vintage warbirds is planned.
Representatives from all service branches, marching bands, military vehicles, city officials, public safety personnel, classic cars and other attractions will be part of the procession, which rolls through the city’s historic downtown and concludes at the Field of Honor.
At 6 p.m. Wednesday, a candlelight ceremony is scheduled, with choirs from several Murrieta middle schools singing patriotic hymns. A local theatre troupe will read ”Letters From War” to close out the evening.
Between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, elementary school students from the Murrieta Valley Unified School District are slated to tour the Field of Honor, attending informational sessions that cover the history of the American flag and monuments dedicated to veterans, according to the Rotarians.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, Field of Honor ceremonies will conclude with a ”Day of Remembrance,” featuring music and closing remarks.