Antioch Veterans Day Parade

Article and photos by Allen Payton, Publisher

Antioch honored America’s military veterans with a parade, today, starting at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, in recognition when the end of fighting during World War I – known as the armistice – began.

Before the parade began, a military helicopter flew low over the route, along 2nd Street, and downtown, exciting the crowd.

The bells of the El Campanil Theater tolled eleven times to begin the parade.

Parade participants included a variety of veterans’ groups and individuals, marching bands from Deer Valley, Antioch, Freedom and Liberty high schools, the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, local police and firefighters, local elected officials including Antioch Mayor Jim Davis, Mayor Pro Tem Mary Rocha, presumptive councilman-elect Gary Agopian and Antioch school board trustees Claire Smith, Walter Ruehlig and Wade Harper (also a councilman-elect), and families of current military servicemen and women. Antioch Veterans Day Parade video

Following the parade, ceremonies continued at the Veterans Memorial, located at the foot of L Street, at the entrance to the Antioch Marina.

Photos below, courtesy of Dena Jeglum

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Antioch Veterans Day Parade video
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