PLEASANTON -- Military veterans and servicemen and women currently serving in the armed forces will be honored in downtown Pleasanton on Sunday as the Pleasanton VFW and American Legion hold their annual Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade.

The parade starts at 1 p.m. and runs down Main Street between Old Bernal Avenue and St. Mary Street. The grand marshal of this year's parade is Danny Soria, a World War II veteran and Pleasanton resident.

Along with traditional marching bands -- including the U.S. Army's 191st Band, the Piedmont Bagpipe Band and bands from Foothill High School and the Oakland Military Institute -- the parade will feature flyovers by Korean War-era helicopters. Also, color guards from all military branches will march with local veteran organizations.

Toys for Tots will collect toys for needy children, and the 501st Legion, a army of costumed Star Wars stormtroopers and other characters, will also make an appearance.

The event's review officer will be Cmdr. James Ridgeway of the U.S. Navy Support Center in Alameda.

According to organizers, Pleasanton's parade is traditionally the largest Veterans Day parade in Northern California, with more than 100 entries.

For more information, visit www.cityofpleasanton.ca.gov.

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