‘Gem of a Parade’ is a Veterans Tradition

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As military veterans marched with their school-age children, the 2016 “Honoring Our Heroes” Veterans Parade and Ceremony tugged at the heart as well as our national pride. The 11th annual parade took place on Friday, November 4, and included high school marching bands, community groups, and classic cars that shuttled dignitaries and veterans alike. The marching of students with their military-connected parents is part of the parade’s tradition.

“The parade is a great reminder for our students and community about the meaning of Veterans Day, and what the term ‘sacrifice’ is all about,” said Principal Froylan Villanueva. “It is also our opportunity to give thanks and recognize the veterans right here in our own community.”

There are 14 schools in the Chula Vista Elementary School District that have more than 10 percent of enrollment identified as military-connected students. Seven schools have at least 15 percent of their students identified as military-connected.

The “little gem of a parade” began as a Veterans school parade around the neighborhood. It is now a full-fledged City of Chula Vista event. Military veterans, Mayor Mary Casillas Salas, neighboring schools and students each took part in the procession–still taking place in the neighborhood around the school.

The parade culminated in a ceremony on the Veterans campus. Veterans student Ian Canonizado gave a stirring rendition of the National Anthem. Student speakers included Victoria Ayekof and Anthony Lopez.

 

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