On Wednesday, November 11 Petaluma held its annual Veterans Day Parade, one of the largest in northern California. People lined the parade path, waiting to cheer on the veterans and voice their support for U.S. troops.
Marching in the parade were a wide variety military units and veterans including those who served in World War II, as well as color guards, local school bands, family members of veterans, and scout troops. Parade vehicles ranged from traditional floats to fire engines, military vehicles, and antique cars. Overhead were flyovers by military aircraft and helicopters.
On the sidelines, families and other veterans saluted the troops, waved flags, and generally cheered on our veterans. American flags were waving everywhere on the parade route. Several groups had stands stocked with Christmas cards and pens so that people could write to active troops to wish them well for the holidays.
After the parade, a memorial ceremony was held at Walnut Park, during which the National Anthem and “God Bless America” were sung and prayers were said for the troops. This year’s memorial ceremony unveiled Petaluma’s Korean War monument, dedicated to three Petaluma soldiers who died in the Korean War. The unveiling and dedication was a special moment for everyone there, and especially for the loved ones of those soldiers.
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On Wednesday November 11th our city will be celebrating and saluting our country’s veterans in our annual Petaluma’s Veterans Day Parade, one of the largest parades north of the Golden Gate. It will feature vintage war birds and sleek air racers flyovers in our “American Quintessential Hometown”. In our Petaluma searches this morning we ran into a photo of a young Sgt. Sheryl Wilhoit in a 2004 Getty Image inspecting her unit as shown below (who today is a Master Sergeant after serving for 19 years in the Marine Corp). This class of 1996 Petaluma High School graduate posted the featured image above on her facebook page yesterday. The portrait photo is significant in that it was taken during a ball celebrating the Marine Corp’s 240th birthday. It’s a nice reminder that we not only celebrate and salute our veterans, but also the young active men and women in uniform who serve our country everyday. When the opportunity presents itself we try to share stories about Petaluman’s in the military like our post and interview with Lt. Jaclyn Trosper entitled Saving and Raising Lives: An Interview with Lt. Jaclyn Cuevas Trosper.
When you hover over the photo below the Getty Image provides the following:
PARRIS ISLAND, SC – JUNE 22: Marine drill instructor Sgt Sheryl Wilhoit of Petaluma, California inspects her female recruits during training at the United States Marine Corps recruit depot June 22, 2004 in Parris Island, South Carolina. Marine Corps boot camp, with its combination of strict discipline and exhaustive physical training, is considered the most rigorous of the armed forces recruit training. Congress is currently considering bills that could increase the size of the Marine Corps and the Army to help meet US military demands in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Positively Petaluma would like to thank our men and woman in the United States armed services, we salute you! By sharing the following information we would like to honor of our veterans and the memory of our fallen soldiers. Petaluma in the last year was named The Purple Heart city and our veterans were saluted in pre-Memorial Day Ceremony in May. Each year Petaluma’s Veterans Day parade provides for the best venue for families from all over to celebrate and remember the members of our military. Freedom is not free and many of our vets have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us so we can enjoy the freedoms we often take for granted.