Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to publicly honor our country’s veterans including members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard. This official holiday, which was originally known as Armistice Day to commemorate World War I vets, is now nationally observed each year on November 11. This year, there are an abundance of Veterans Day commemorations throughout Los Angeles including parades, ceremonies and observances. Local events give the public a chance to acknowledge our war heroes and reflect on this day.
San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade
Mission Blvd. & Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
Date: November 11, 2016 at 11:11am
To commemorate our veterans, attend The San Fernando Valley’s Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2016. The parade, which begins at 11:11am on Mission Blvd. and Laurel Canyon Blvd. in the City of Mission Hills, will honor those past and present who have given our country freedom and security. In past years, the parade has included over 120 veteran groups, many high school marching bands, and other wartime dedications. The parade will start at the corner of Laurel Canyon Blvd. and San Fernando Mission Blvd, then go down Laurel Canyon Blvd. for 1.1 miles and end at the Ritchie Valens Recreation Center and Park at 10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd. in Pacoima (corner of Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Paxton St.). After that, there will be a carnival at the Ritchie Valens Recreation Center.
Long Beach Veterans Day Parade
Atlantic Ave. Between Artesia and Harding Street.
Long Beach, CA 90805
Date: November 5, 2016 at 10am
Now in its 20th year, the The Long Beach Veterans Day Parade has grown over the years beyond what former Councilman Jerry Shultz imagined back in 1996 when it started. With an original goal to create a patriotic event in Long Beach, the parade now attracts around 15,000 people to honor and commemorate veterans and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This year, the parade has a military grand marshal, a honorary grand marshal and a celebrity grand marshal. Now, more than ever, the goal is to let our troops know how much they are supported and appreciated, and this parade seeks to do that. For more information the location, parade routes, parking and more, visit www.lbveteransdayparade.com.
Annual La Habra Veterans Day Event
La Habra Community Center
101 W. La Habra Blvd.
La Habra, CA 90631
Date: November 11, 2016 at 11am
Named a Purple Heart City, La Habra businesses and community members will be honoring men and women that served our military again this year. This year’s event will take place on Veteran’s Day and will start with a musical performance by the Swing Dolls at 10:40 a.m. Following that, there will the main event at 11am, which will honor those who have served in military conflicts between 1976 and 2001. The main keynote speaker will be former U.S. Ambassador and Peace Corps Director Gaddi Vasquez. The event is free to attend!
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Veterans Day Commemoration
40 Presidential Dr.
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Date: November 11, 2016
To honor the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will host its annual Veterans Day event again on November 11th. Located outdoors, the day’s activities include a live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military. The special program will begin at 10:30am in the main auditorium, and will feature an honor guard, live music, and a keynote speaker remarks by Vice Admiral Fred Midgette, Commander, Pacific Area Commander, Coast Guard Defense Force West. Following the program, they will be showing the documentary They Were Our Fathers about American boys and girls who lost their fathers during the Vietnam War. Filmed in Washington D.C., the documentary features stories from fallen heroes’ children that are powerful tales of the true costs of war. The event is from 10am to 3pm. The event is free to attend, as is the documentary screening, but reservations are recommended to attend the program. Museum admission rates apply to visit the Museum, Air Force One Pavilion and their special exhibit “Interactive.” Veterans and active duty members will receive free admission to the Museum on Veteran’s Day.
Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the Antelope Valley
Palmdale Amphitheatre at Marie Kerr Park
2723 Rancho Vista Blvd.
Palmdale, CA 93551
Date: November 10 – 15, 2016
The Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the Antelope Valley (AV Wall) will be on display with viewings running from 5pm on November 10th through 8am on November 15th this year. With a theme for the display being “Honoring Gold Star Families of the Vietnam War” this year, there will be a Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11th at 11am to kick things off at the Palmdale Amphitheater. And, be sure not to miss Taps which will be held nightly at 10pm. A candlelight memorial walk honoring the gold star families will be held November 12 at 9pm as well, and on November 13th at 2pm, make sure not to miss the Gold Star Family Recognition Ceremony. The AV Wall was created and built to honor Antelope Valley and surrounding area U.S. military vets who have served their country to welcome them to a peaceful place to reflect and heal. This wall project was entirely funded by donations by the community and originated from the 2005 Palmdale Playhouse production of “A Piece of My Heart” – a true story that follows the lives of six women who served in the Vietnam War and the soldiers they cared for. More information, including dates and times can be found here.
Veterans Day at Richard Nixon Presidential Museum & Library
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Date: November 11, 2016
The Richard Nixon Library has a patriotic program this year to commemorate Veterans Day that will honor all veterans who have served this nation. On Veterans Day this year, from 10am to 3pm, guests are invited to this free event to experience keynote remarks by U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as Navy Rear Admiral Yancy B. Lindsey Commander, Navy Region Southwest, and Marine Corps Major General (Ret.) Melvin Spiese, former Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force. After that, experience the formal presentation of colors, as well as performances by the Villa Park High School Jazz Ensemble, Orange High School Concert Choir, Santa Ana College Singers and Orange Community Master Chorale. At 1pm, the Placentia Symphonic Band will perform a special concert in the East Room. The concert is free and open to the public, too! Make sure to register here though. Museum prices are not included.
Battleship USS Iowa Museum’s Veterans Appreciation
250 S. Harbor Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90731
Date: November 11, 2016 at 11am
The Battleship Iowa Museum honors veterans every day, but today in particular. In partnership with the City of Los Angeles and the Port of Los Angeles, the Battleship USS Iowa Museum is hosting a Veterans Appreciation with kick-off ceremonies starting on November 11 at 11am. The Battleship Iowa and Black Knight Patrol will present the inaugural year of the Veteran’s Day Music Festival as well. The opening ceremony will begin at 11am, and at 12pm the music begins. But, this will be an all day affair, so make sure to stick around after the performances. The Museum is extremely fascinating to take a look at regardless of the veteran’s day activities! The Battleship IOWA crew extremely grateful for the service of men and women from every part of the military, and welcome every veteran aboard.