Locals are invited to downtown Antioch on Tuesday to honor those who have served in America's armed forces in the city's first annual Veterans Day Parade.
Marching bands, military vehicles, veterans' groups, active service members and community organizations will participate in the procession, which will roll down Second Street from C Street to G Street beginning at 11 a.m. Military families are invited to walk in the parade and display a picture of their service member. A brief wreath-laying ceremony at the Memorial Statue entrance to the marina on L street will follow the parade.
Organized by Mayor Pro-tem and now mayor-elect Jim Davis and his wife Susan, the event is meant to round out the yearly events aimed at supporting the military. Davis is also the driving force behind the city's Memorial Day observation, which has grown in scope and participation in recent years.
I just wanted to show the community of Antioch's appreciation for what our veterans have done and are doing for us, and nothing like that was happening, Davis said of the Memorial Day observances he began in the city eight years ago. It's time to take it one step further.
Attendees are encouraged to wear patriotic colors and bring flags to wave as they watch the procession, which will include dozens of entries marching with support-the-troops-related themes. Antioch Military Families, along with The Rolling 9's and Women's Auxiliary Post 161, are sponsoring a post-parade barbecue at the American Legion Hall, 403 W. Sixth St. The barbecue is free to the first 300 people in attendance.
For more information about the event, contact Davis at 925-757-2020.