Weeklong Tributes Planned to Honor Veterans

Veterans Day Parade Planned in Downtown Murrieta

MURRIETA – America’s fighting men and women will be honored today during the city of Murrieta’s 11th annual Veterans Day Parade.

The event gets underway at 10 a.m. at Ivy Street and Washington Avenue, rolls through the historic downtown area, and concludes about three hours later at Town Square Park, Adams Avenue and Kalmia Street.

Representatives from all service branches, marching bands, military vehicles, city officials, public safety personnel, vintage automobiles and other attractions will be part of the procession.

Further tributes will be paid at the park, where the Murrieta Rotary Club’s Field of Honor opened Saturday with the unveiling of 2,013 3-foot by 5- foot American flags bearing the names of active-duty and former members of the U.S. armed services.

Field of Honor services continue throughout the week. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, a candlelight ceremony is scheduled, with choirs from four Murrieta middle schools singing patriotic hymns, after which a local theatre troupe will read ”letters from war.”

Between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, around 1,700 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. 16, Field of Honor ceremonies will conclude with a ”Day of Remembrance,” featuring a concert and closing remarks.


Weeklong Tributes Planned to Honor Veterans

MURRIETA – Patriotic salutes are planned this weekend and next week in Murrieta to honor the nation’s veterans.

On Saturday, the Rotary Club of Murrieta will open its Field of Honor in Town Square Park, displaying 2,013 3-foot-by-5-foot American flags bearing the names of active-duty and former members of the U.S. armed services.

The fourth annual tribute will get under way at 1 p.m. with a welcoming service, featuring remarks by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Murrieta, and Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone. Local singer/songwriter Gwyn Sanborn will perform the Star-Spangled Banner, followed by a concert of marshaling music, according to organizers.

Field of Honor services continue throughout the week. Sunday at noon, the U.S. Marine Corps’ 238th birthday will be celebrated with special tributes to the USMC.

On Monday, the city’s 11th annual Veterans Day Parade will be held, beginning around 10 a.m. at Ivy Street and Washington Avenue. Representatives from all service branches, marching bands, military vehicles, city officials, public safety personnel, vintage automobiles 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. Tuesday, a candlelight ceremony is scheduled, with choirs from four Murrieta middle schools singing patriotic hymns, after which a local theatre troupe will read ”letters from war.”

Between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, around 1,700 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. 16, Field of Honor ceremonies will conclude with a ”Day of Remembrance,” featuring a concert and closing remarks.

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