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Organizers gear up for Veterans Day Parade
Appeal-Democrat - 11/9/2017
Nov. 09--There's still time to be part of a patriotic tradition.
More than 160 entries are registered for this weekend's 15th annual Yuba-Sutter Veterans Day Parade "and they're still coming in," organizer Cindy Verrill said Wednesday.
"Last year we had 10 walk-ons on the day of the parade," she said. Anyone who calls can be added, she said, but they are placed at the end of the parade.
The annual parade is at 11 a.m. this Saturday, on D Street in Marysville.
This year's grand marshal is Col. Larry Broadwell, commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base.
Though Verrill, one of the parade's original founders, doesn't get to watch the parade, she and other parade committee members have a system to keep it running smoothly.
"I send them (parade entries) down the street and see the tail end of everybody," she said with a laugh. She later looks at photos taken for the parade's Facebook page. "It gives me a chance to see it from the front."
Because the national holiday falls on Saturday this year, it should have a larger audience, Verrill said.
The last time the parade took place on Saturday several years ago, Marysville police estimated the crowd at more than 10,000 people, Verrill said.
"As of right now, (Saturday) is supposed to be a beautiful day," she said. If not, "I'll just get soaked."
The national holiday is observed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th year, commemorating the time and day when major hostilities of World War I ended.
Veterans Day celebrations -- The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West helps kick off the upcoming holiday with a concert at 7:30 p.m. today, Nov. 9, at the Yuba College Theatre, 2088 N. Beale Road, Linda. Admission is free admission, but tickets are required. Visit yc.yccd.edu or call 741-6829. -- Veterans Day Breakfast -- 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 920 D St., Marysville. Breakfast is $4 per person for the general public and free for all active duty and retired military veterans with valid identification or in uniform. Craft kits are available for veterans. -- Self-guided tours at Browns Valley Cemetery -- 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at 9403 Browns Valley Road honoring veterans, docent on hand from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at 9370 Browns Valley School Road. Refreshments will be served.
Members of the cemetery district are placing U.S. flags and color-coded flags denoting the war in which the veteran served on each grave. Area historian Vicki Contente will be on hand highlighting her new research on the 47 World War ll veterans in the cemetery and can help family and friends find out more information about their loved ones. -- Opening reception for the exhibit "Portraits of Veterans" -- 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County, 1333 Butte House Road, Yuba City.
More than 300 local veterans from all branches of service took part in the Yuba Sutter Arts project, posing for black and white portraits.
In addition to the exhibit at the museum, portraits and biographical information are also on display at "galleries" throughout the community including Yuba College, Wheatland High School, the Broadway Lounge in Live Oak, the Sutter and Yuba County libraries and the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce offices in Marysville.
The museum exhibit continues to Nov. 26.
The project was made possible by a grant from the California Arts Council as part of its Veterans Initiative in the Arts. -- Museum of the Forgotten Warriors -- Open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 5865 A Road, Linda. -- River's Edge Pub barbecue -- Starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at E. 12th St. in Marysville. Those attending must be 21 years or over. Funds raised from the barbecue and drawings during the day go toward funding the annual Veterans Day Parade in Marysville. -- The American Legion Linda Post 804 barbecue -- Starts at 12:30 p.m. at 5477 Feather River Blvd. in Olivehurst. Parade participants and the public can stop by for lunch and help raise funds for the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. The day also includes a flag retirement ceremony in the afternoon.
The local post plans to provide Christmas baskets to 100 veterans in Yountville this year. -- Music to honor our veterans -- 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 249 Sycamore St., Gridley. Admission is free.
Featuring the Oroville Community Concert Band, the evening also includes a presentation of "Quilts of Valor" to some who have served. The program is sponsored by the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery Military Court of Honor, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5731 and the American Legion Post. 210. -- City of Sacramento Annual Veterans Day Parade -- Parade at 11 a.m., program at 10 a.m., at the Capitol Mall, between Third and Ninth streets. Free admission.
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