MURRIETA (CNS) – America’s fighting men and women will be honored
today during the city of Murrieta’s 20th annual “Veterans Day Parade,”
featuring marching bands, representatives from all service branches and a
flyover of military aircraft.

“This event is woven into the fabric of our community and showcases
how patriotic Murrieta is,” Mayor Jonathan Ingram said. “For 20 years, our
residents have come together on Veterans Day to honor and celebrate those who
have served in the military. This event exemplifies the support Murrieta
residents have for our military.”

The event is slated to get underway at 10 a.m. near the intersection
of Ivy Street and Washington Avenue, rolling through the historic downtown area
along Washington to Town Square Park, where the “Field of Honor” will be on
display at Adams Avenue and Kalmia Street.

All three of the city’s high school marching bands will be
participating in the event, which will also include veterans groups, personnel
from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy, public safety officials
and equioday pment and a flyover comprised of warbirds, according to the city.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Temecula, will be the grand marshal.

Issa enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school and received an ROTC
scholarship to attend college in Michigan. He worked in the private sector for
several decades before entering national politics and has been a congressman
for 20 years.

The Field of Honor will be available to visit for two days after the

Sponsored by the Murrieta Rotary Club, the site is established every
November ahead of Veterans Day as a memorial to those who have paid the
ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. Armed Services, and a salute to
those who have completed their service or remain on active duty.

The tribute is in its 14th year and more than 2,000 3-by-5-foot
American flags are on display, thanks to donations to the Rotary.

“In this stressful time for our country, we can take extra pride in
the service of others to our nation and our community,” according to statement
from the nonprofit.

A section has been carved out for an additional tribute to Medal of
Honor recipients.

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