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Veterans Day:  A Time Honored Tradition in Porterville

Monday, November 11, 2013

There are two time honored traditions in Porterville that residents will not want to miss this November 11th.  The 95th Annual Veterans Day Parade and the Band-a-Rama.

The historic parade is scheduled to roll down Main Street at 10:00 a.m.  The parade route will begin at the corner of Morton Avenue and Main Street, and end at Main Street and Walnut Avenue.  At 11:00 a.m. a moment of silence will be observed. 

The theme for this year’s parade is “The American Way:  Family, Community and Country”; and the Grand Marshal will be Mr. Denver Tate.  

The Band-a-Rama was started more than 30 years ago by former Porterville Panther Band director Buck Shaffer, and features local marching bands in one mass performance.  This year's event will take place at Rankin Stadium at Granite Hills High School, 1701 E. Putnam Avenue.

Gates for the event will open following the conclusion of the parade, and admission is free. Donations will be accepted after the show to help cover the costs for the event.

Porterville Veterans Day activities are sponsored by the Veterans Homecoming Committee.

The City of Porterville encourages residents of the community to show their appreciation for the men and women who have served in the military to protect and preserve their country and the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans.   


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