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Veterans Day events planned across Southern California


--The sixth annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade will include the participation of more than 60 veterans groups, the San Diego-based Navy Band Southwest, the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton, the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest and at least five high school marching bands, according to organizers. The parade is set to begin shortly after 11 a.m. at Laurel Canyon and San Fernando Mission boulevards in Mission Hills.

-- Forest Lawn will conduct its 50th annual Veterans Day program, with the theme, "A Celebration of Heroes." U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Eric Mejia, who has been deployed to Iraq four times, Sheriff Lee Baca and Army Maj. Gen. John S. Harrel, commander of the California Army National Guard, are scheduled to speak. The program starts at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills.

-- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to speak at an observance at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood, beginning at 11 a.m., along with Tom Ruck, the author of "Sacred Ground."

-- Homeless veterans will receive a multi-course lunch from the Daily Grill beginning at 11 a.m. at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles.

-- Redondo Beach's seventh annual "Honor Our Veterans Tribute" will include a 2 p.m. groundbreaking for a Veterans Memorial in Veterans Park, adjacent to the Redondo Beach Pier.

-- A candlelight vigil honoring veterans of all wars will be held at the Airtel  Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

-- Fullerton will conduct its 22nd annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony, including a flyover by Air Combat USA, which simulates aerial combat using vintage fighter planes. U.S. Naval Reserve Cmdr. Michael Mattis will be the guest speaker at the memorial ceremony.

-- Admission will be free at the Richard M. Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda. A special program in the East Room beginning at 11 a.m. will feature the inaugural presentation of the Orange County Veteran of the Year Award to U.S. Marine Corps Gen. W.R. "Bill" Quinn, commander of Camp Pendleton during the Nixon administration.

-- Orange will hold its ninth annual Veterans Day tribute, beginning at 2 p.m., with Col. Abel Barrientes, vice commander of the 4th Air Force, from March Air Reserve Base, as the keynote speaker at Depot Park.

-- A Veterans Day Observance in Mission Viejo at its Veterans Memorial at 2 p.m. will include an address by U.S. Marine Corps Col. Michael S. Groen, commander of the Headquarters Battalion 1st Marine Division, the city's adopted division, and a Marine Color Guard. Rep. Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar)  also is scheduled to speak.

-- A Veterans Day observance will be held at Irvine Valley College, beginning at 1 p.m.

Photo: World War ll veteran Viola Orloff, right, enjoys the sixth annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade with other veterans along Laurel Canyon Boulevard. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)

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Let's show our support! Today more than ever we have to go out and tell this veterans how proud we are of their service to freedom and happiness.

Homeless veterans? Do you know how bad that sounds? Give them a roof over their heads for crying out loud. They need more than a multi-course lunch.

As a Canadian, I'm very surprised that I don't see any US Veteran's Day services running on TV. I can find soap operas and Ellen Degeneres and it seems to be business as usual today in the US. There is not even any 2 minutes of silence on most American stations. In Canada all television stations host the Rememberance Day ceremonies from Ottawa and the local areas and we honour our veteran's with the 2 minutes of silence. Why don't the American television stations run live programming of Veteran's Day services to remind everyone of what this day means?
A. Mackay
Vancouver, Canada


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