A new activity which Post 149 is kicking off this year is Escondido VetFest, North San Diego County’s only Veterans Day celebration that is combined with a parade. Taking place on Veterans Day – November 11 – the day full of activities will highlight 100 years of hometown heroes and their contribution to our city, state and nation.
“It is our way of honoring our Veterans, telling everyone our story, and letting people know the importance of military service,” said Frank when asked why the Post was taking on this task. The Post is hard at work to make this inaugural event the “go-to” event in the years to come.
The activities will begin at 8am at Maple Street Plaza with information booths and a performance by a chorale signing patriotic songs. At 9:30am, the VetFest Parade steps off down Grand Avenue, beginning at Escondido Boulevard, making a U-turn at Juniper and returning to Escondido Blvd on the opposite side of the center median.
A static display of various pieces of military equipment is planned at the Maple Street Plaza along West Valley Parkway. Merchants along Grand Avenue are encouraged to decorate their store fronts for the parade and viewers of the parade will be able to vote for their favorite displays via their smart phone. The event closes with a brief ceremony and free BBQ at the American Legion Post from 12:30 to 4pm.
For more information about Escondido VetFest, please visit their website: www.escovetfest.org.