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Murrieta Veterans Day Parade Showcases Solidarity

Veterans young and old flocked to Historic Downtown Murrieta Friday, as did the crowds who came to honor them.

The city of Murrieta’s 10th annual Veterans Day Parade was held Sunday in Historic Downtown Murrieta beginning at Washington Avenue and Ivy Street and ending at Town Square Park.

A Boeing C-17 flew over, honoring two of Murrieta’s own: U.S. Army Sgt. Clinton K. Ruiz and U.S. Army Sgt. Eric E. Williams.

More 300 local Boy and Girl Scout Troops participated, one of which marched while holding a giant American flag. The Temecula Valley Young Marines also hoisted a giant flag along the parade route, while ROTC groups from Great Oak and Murrieta Valley high schools marched in rhythm.

Friends Heidi Fatter and Laurel Lamont believe in honoring all who serve. As a lesson in patriotism, every year they bring their families to enjoy the parade and pay their respects.

“We really want them to understand why we honor our veterans,” Lamont said. “Every year they line front-row with their signs that say ‘thank you’ and they see who this day is actually about.”

“...Especially when the Veterans respond back with ‘you’re welcome’ or ‘thank you’,” Fatter said.

While the underlying message was prevalent, the occasion was festive and many gathered to play in the confetti, collect candy given out from the floats and converse with their neighbors.

Check out the photo gallery below to see what you missed, replay your favorite moments or spot your family in the crowd. 

Fauntleroy Murphy November 12, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I'm very unclear on how your post releates to the Murrieta Veterans Day parade
Cathy Neumann-Bearse November 13, 2012 at 03:52 AM
thanks .. my thoughts exactly
Tom Courbat November 13, 2012 at 08:21 AM
It doesn't relate. This person has cut and pasted his comment (rant) from another story or two and is just shopping for a place to land the beast. He MAY be making some salient points, but they are lost a) b/c they are dropped into a story about Veteran's Day, not about the quarry and b) b/c it is hard to know what entity's agenda he is referring to when he says Nov 13th item 12 and c) he says "...should sue the city... but we have no idea what city he is referring to. People shouldn't have to search the various cities' and the county meeting agendas to understand what he is going on about. I flagged this as inappropriate and hope his comment get removed, along with mine, b/c mine will make no sense if his is gone!
Cathy Neumann-Bearse November 13, 2012 at 08:01 PM
me also Tom .. but I did it a few days ago .. and no change :::!! .

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