Join The Parade! | Honoring Our Veterans And All Who Serve! | Freedom Isn’t Free

Oxnard, California.  – The City of Oxnard is now accepting applications from groups interested in marching in the 2017 Veterans Day parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
Applications may be submitted to the Oxnard City Manager’s Office, Attn: Martha Guillen, by mail or in person at 300 W. Third St., Fourth Floor, or by email: Martha.guillen@oxnard.org.  The deadline to submit an application is Friday, November 3, 2017.  For questions, call the Oxnard City Manager’s Office at (805) 385-7434 or email: Martha.guillen@oxnard.org.
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This year’s Veterans Day event will begin at 10 a.m. outside of Oxnard City Hall, 305 W. Third St., with a brief welcome by Mayor Tim Flynn, followed by the parade.  The parade will extend from Third Street to C Street before concluding at Plaza Park, 500 S. C. St., where the ceremony will take place.  Plaza Park is also the site of the City’s memorial to fallen war veterans.
The ceremony at Plaza Park will begin promptly at 11:11 a.m., and will feature special guest speaker David Wilson, current president of the Vietnam War Veterans of Ventura County.  David graduated from Ventura High School in 1966 and served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.  He and the division took part in fighting during the Tet offensive of 1968. He is currently pastor of the Oxnard Bible Church. 
This year special recognition will be extended to Vietnam War veterans, with a Vietnam War commemorative pin being awarded to Veterans of the war.

Photo credit: The Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter 510 in Northern New Jersey

 After the ceremony the community is invited to the “We Remember Exhibit” located across the street from the Park at the former Social Security building at 237 N. 5th Street.  The exhibit includes a multi-media presentation that honors Ventura County Vietnam veterans for their service along with a memorial wall with 114 county veterans who died during the war.  The exhibit is produced by the Oxnard Film Society and is funded in part by an arts grant from the City of Oxnard.
 
Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD), www.goldcoasttransit.org, and  Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), www.goventura.org, will provide free rides on November 11, 2017, to all U.S. veterans who present a valid military identification.  All GCTD and VCTC buses will operate on their regular schedules.
 
The City of Oxnard will announce more details regarding the event and street closures as the event draws nearer. Visit www.oxnard.org for updates.
 
The City of Oxnard is a full-service general law city incorporated in 1903.  Oxnard is the largest and most populous city in the County of Ventura, serving 200,000 culturally diverse residents.  Located along Southern California’s central coast, Oxnard is 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 35 miles south of Santa Barbara. Follow us on social media at www.twitter.com/CityofOxnard (@CityofOxnard), www.facebook.com/CityofOxnard andwww.vimeo.com/cityofoxnard.

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