NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 9, 2011 –
By Steve Marschke
The first West Sacramento Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for this Friday afternoon through West Sacramento’s Park Boulevard area – and organizer Debbie Reynolds of the Eskaton Wilson Manor says there will be a lot for viewers to see.
“There is a grand total of over 65 entries totaling 636 participants in the parade,” said Reynolds in a recent email. “Within those numbers are over 150 veterans, almost 100 cheerleaders, 15 beauty queens, 32 motorcycles, 19 classic cars and two vintage fire trucks. One entry I am especially excited about. . . is an original 1966 Huey UH-1C gunship that will be carried through the parade on a trailer.”
That helicopter will be seen along with a Wells Fargo stage coach, the Ben-Ali Shriners Keystone Kops and the Call Aggie marching band from UC Davis.
The parade will have seven grand marshals, representing military service from four generations of military history, reports Reynolds.
“The ‘Cappucino Cruisers,’ a car club from Orangevale, will be driving my seven grand marshals through the parade.”
The event is scheduled to last from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, which is Veterans’ Day. It starts at the Westmore Oaks Elementary School on Clarenton Street, proceeds on Meadow Road, turns right on Westacre and again on Park, and then goes left on Stone to Sam Combs Park – where festivities will follow the parade.
There will be a review stand near Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Members of River City High’s Interact Club will help run things, and will also collect toy donations at the parade for a holiday toy drive.
The parade will be hosted by Channel 13 news anchor Ron Jones – a veteran himself – who will be working from the Trinity Presbyterian Church location and Westacre and Park.
Reynolds admits that there is no way of knowing how many people will come to watch, since this is the first parade of its kind. But she’s optimistic.
“Local officials anticipate several thousand people will join us in this salute to veterans,” she said.
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