’s servicemen and women will take center stage Saturday, Nov. 11, when Fullerton American Legion Post 142, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11390 and the Fullerton Emblem Club 469 host the 19thAnnual Fullerton Veterans’ Day Parade and Ceremony.
The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the DowntownPlaza, located on Wilshire Avenue, east of Harbor Boulevard and adjacent to the FullertonMuseumCenter, and end at HillcrestPark, which is located at the intersection of Harbor and Valley View Drive.
Once at Hillcrest, a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial.Patriotic speaker will be Richard D. “Tex” Wandke, Vietnam veteran and retired lieutenant colonel with the Army.
Wandke, author of the book “Vietnam Remembered,” received numerous decorations for his service, including the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars and three Purple Hearts.In 1988, on retiring from the military, Wandke became an ROTC instructor.He was inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame in 2002.
All veterans are welcome to join in the parade, which will feature Junior ROTC units from Fullerton Union, Troy, Sonora, La Habra and Buena Park high schools, and the Senior ROTC unit from CaliforniaStateUniversity, Fullerton.
The ceremony will also include the placement of wreaths at the Veterans Memorial, as well as the playing of “Taps.”
Parade participants are asked to arrive at the plaza no earlier than 10 a.m.To march in the parade, veterans must be able to march in regular cadence for approximately three-quarters of a mile.
The City of Fullerton is assisting with the event.
Further information about the parade and ceremony may be obtained by calling the American Legion (714) 871-2412.