Upland Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony
Military veterans will be remembered and honored for their service at Upland’s second annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony at the Upland Veterans Monument at the city’s Civic Center on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.
This year, our nation commemorates 50 years since the Vietnam War. It presents a long-overdue opportunity for Americans to recognize, honor and thank Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices during one of America’s longest wars. More than one of every 10 of the 2.59 million Americans who served in Vietnam was a casualty; amputations or crippling wounds were 300 percent higher than in World War II; 75,000 Vietnam veterans are severely disabled; 58,148 were killed and 304,000 wounded. The average infantryman in Vietnam saw about 240 days of combat in one year. Agent Orange ramifications continue to infect and emasculate our veterans who were exposed.
Military units, school and community organizations, and local elected officials are scheduled to participate in the parade and ceremonies. Veterans are respectfully requested to attend and Vietnam veterans are asked to be present for special recognition.
Christened a year ago on Veterans Day, the Veterans monument and adjacent reflection wall and plaza area have become a destination for local residents to recognize family and friends who have served in the military. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Cooper Museum at 217 East A Street in downtown Upland and travel north along Second Avenue to D Street, at which point it will turn west toward the Upland Civic Center, where ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will also feature a traditional observation of Veterans Day, including a 21 gun salute.
Personalized engraved tiles saluting the service of current and past military personnel are completely sold out along both sides of the 48-foot-long reflection wall. However, tiles are available in 4”x12” ($250), 8”x12” ($350) and 12”x12” ($600) sizes on the pillars.
Veterans Day is a federal and state holiday and the American name for the international observance of Armistice Day. It is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending World War I. The day is observed elsewhere as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day. All major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, with the German signing of the Armistice. It has been observed annually on Nov. 11 since 1938 – first as Armistice Day, later as Veterans Day – except for a brief period when it was celebrated on the fourth Monday of October.
Donations to the Upland Veteran’s Monument should be sent to the Upland Community Foundation at P.O. Box 794, Upland, Calif., 91785. Gifts are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.