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.