Come to the 13th annual Cruizin E St. Veterans Day Parade & Car Show, which takes place on Saturday in San Bernardino, to honor America's military veterans.

Also, come to celebrate the great heritage of E Street, Route 66, and Southern California's car culture.

Also, come to salute local notables including a decorated war hero, a prominent Route 66 restaurateur, a couple of legendary car pinstripers, and a famous cartoonist and muralist.

Oh, and also an infamous newspaper columnist.

That's me, I'm afraid.

Yes, I'll be riding down E Street, starting at 10 a.m.

Cruizin E St. Veterans Day Parade & Car Show

Presented by: Juan Pollo; hosted by E St. Cruizers Car Club and Inland Empire Military Museum

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Original McDonald's Museum, 1398 N. E St., San Bernardino

Admission: Free

Parade details: Starts 10 a.m. at San Bernardino High School, 1850 N. E St., and continues south past Original McDonald's Museum to Base Line

Contact: Veterans 909-888-0477, car show 909-838-4071, parade and vendors 909-885-6324; general information: juanpollo.com/route-66-attractions

Saturday at San Bernardino High School, in the dignified company of Grand Marshall Chase Ash, a Mentone-raised Army specialist, Iraqi War veteran and recipient of the Silver Star for gallantry in action, plus Antonio Canul who owns Molly's Cafe in downtown San Bernardino, and automobile art and pinstripe legends Ernie Colunga and Lil Louie, and artist Phil Yeh.

Yeh has been hard at work for months, assisted by other artists, painting a fantastic mural depiction of San Bernardino history on the south wall of the Original McDonald's Museum, on the site of the first McDonald's restaurant, 1398 N. E St., San Bernardino. The museum is on the route of Saturday's parade as well as the hub for a day-long schedule of related event activities.

The Cruizin E St. Veterans Day Parade & Car Show, hosted by the E St. Cruizers Car Club and the Inland Empire Military Museum, is presented by the San Bernardino-based Juan Pollo restaurant chain established and operated by Albert Okura, who also is patron of the Original McDonald's Museum, the Inland Empire Military Museum located next door, and the Route 66 Museum located at Juan Pollo headquarters at Fifth Street and Mount Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino.

The fun on Saturday, which starts at 8 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m., includes a classic car show, exhibits and demonstrations, museum tours, musical entertainment, and food and merchandise vendors, not to mention the big parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m. at San Bernardino High School, 1850 N. E St., and proceeds south on E Street to Base Line. The parade includes marching bands, vintage military vehicles, military marching units, classic cars and more.

I'll be seated in one of the parade cars, waving hard.

That's right, the parade route is fairly short, so I won't be doing one of those weak, fluttering waves like the pope does, or the Queen of England.

No, I'll be waving like crazy.

Come wave back.


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