A week of Veterans Day celebrations got off to a big start with the annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade in downtown Pleasanton on Sunday.
There were marching bands -- including the Army's 191st Band, the Piedmont Bagpipe Band and bands from Foothill High School and the Oakland Military Institute -- color guards, marching veterans from every branch of the service, helicopters., flag wavers, and more. This year's grand marshal was Danny Soria, a World War II veteran and Pleasanton resident.
Other events are planned in Danville, Livermore and San Ramon.
Celebrate Veterans Day at Las Positas College in Livermore. At 10:30 a.m. in the Mertes Center for the Arts,. Retired Marine Mike Dowling will speak about being on the front lines in Iraq with his dog, Rex. Dowling has written a book titled "Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog."
Dowling's talk will be followed with a dog-handling demonstration by Livermore Police Officer Al Grajeda and his canine partner Fin.
At 9:30 a.m. a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter will fly in. The National Anthem will follow, at 10 a.m. A noon barbecue is free for veterans, $5 for others. Cake-cutting is at 1 p.m. The Huey leaves at 2 p.m. and taps will be played at 5 p.m. The campus is at 3000 Campus Hill Drive. The event and parking is free.
Nov. 9, 10 & 11