Petaluma Veterans Parade Was a Success, even with Fire Smoke

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Marin Sheriff Honor Guard American Legion Petaluma Veterans Day Parade Marin Honor Guard American Legion Peatluma Veterns Day Parade
Military Marching American Legion Veterans Day Parade 2018 Veterans marching American Legion Veterans Day Parade 2018

The American Legion Petaluma Veterans Day parade goes on despite Camp fire smoke from Paradise, California.  This year (2018) Petaluma Veterans Day Parade  honored both the 100 year anniversary of World War One and over 50 years since the Vietnam Tet Offensive.  The parade had helicopter flyovers, veterans in vehicles (Corvettes, jeeps,motorcycles, and, wheelchairs).Plus their vets walking.

Veteran riding in car American Legion Petaluma Veterans Day Parade2018 veterans in Jeep at the American Legion Petaluma Veterans Day Parade 2018
USAF Captain Dorthy Suder Korean War Vet
Veteran in Motor bike American Legion Petaluma Veterans Day Parade 2018 Veterans Riders American Legion Petaluma Veterans Day Parade 2018

The Parade coordinator: Steve Kemmerle,and the parade staff were all volunteers (American Legion Post 28, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1929, Coast Guard, and others.

Steve Kemmerle American-Legion-Parade-2018

Redwood Empire Military Women VFW Post 1929 at American Legion Petaluma Veterans Day Parade 2018
Coast Guard helps and march in the American Legion Veterans Day Parade 2018 Rose Nowak American Legion Petaluma and Redwood Military Women

There were over 200 entries in the Veterans Day Parade, because of the smoke from fires in Northern California, attendance dropped off from around 40,000 in 2017 to about 25,000 this year. Steve stated – “When there’s a battle happening, you don’t let the weather bother you, and it’s basically the same way with the parade.”

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 Float American Legion Petalua Veterans Day Parade 2018 BagPipes-American Legion Petalua Veterans Day Parade 2018
World War 2 veteran American Legion Petaluma, Veterans Day 2018 Civil War veterans American Legion Petaluma Veterans Day Parade 2018
Club Scouts American Legion Petaluma Veterans Day Parade 2018 Girl Scouts American Legion Petaluma Veterans Day Parade 2018

The parade started at 1pm and finished about 2:30pm.  The parade ended with  ceremonies honoring all veterans: Pledge Allegiance to the flag, prayer, national anthem, talks, and more.

Color Gaurd American Legion Petaluma Parade 2018

 

Singing American Legion Petaluma Parade 2018
Dave Rabbitt American Legion Petaluma Parade 2018 Vietnam Vet Closing American Legion Petaluma Parade 2018
Service Dog American Legion Petaluma Parade 2018 Service Dog American Legion Petaluma Parade 2018

The parade ended around 3.  Many of the veterans, family, and friends went up to the Veterans Hall for a free BBQ dinner supplied by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1929.  I did and it was wonderful.  I was very hungry after the parade.

Thanks to all participants and parade watchers and your support of Veterans.

More pictures will be placed on this page.  If you have parade pictures to share – send them to bobh@americanlegionpetaluma.org.

 

Women Veterans Pictures

Pictures By Rose Nowak, Michael Johnson and Bob Hockenberger

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Rider Pictures

Most pictures By Michael Johnson and some by Bob Hockenberger

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People Marching Pictures

Most pictures By Michael Johnson, Bob Hockenberger, and Glenn Ross

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Military Vehicles Pictures

Most pictures By Michael Johnson and Bob Hockenberger

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Cars and Trucks Pictures

Most pictures By Michael Johnson and Bob Hockenberger

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