Veterans Day Parade Honors Sailors, Military Members Past and Present

Story Number: NNS121109-17Release Date: 11/9/2012 10:58:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenan O’Connor, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (NNS) -- Sailors, service members and their families participated in a Veterans Day Parade hosted by Veterans Elementary School in Chula Vista, Calif., Nov. 9.

The parade was in honor of past, present, and future veterans of the U.S. Military.

"It's an honor to have been invited to march in this parade. It means a lot that people care so much about our service and what we do," said Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Christopher King, a member of the Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) color guard.

The parade started off with the NASNI color guard and was followed by members of the Navy Cyber Forces Detachment, San Diego. The Chula Vista Police and Fire departments, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, local area school marching bands and dance teams also marched in the parade to show their support for Veterans Day.

Veterans Elementary school students with parents serving in the military were allowed to march in the parade along with their service member. The parade featured members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Border Patrol along with their families.

"I think it's very important for the community to show their support towards our veterans who sacrifice so much for our safety," said Michael Fernandez, a civilian who attended the parade.

Veterans Elementary school is a school specifically for children whose parents have served in the military.

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