Bay Area Hosts Veterans Day Events

People across the Bay Area offered thanks to all who have served, honoring their service and sacrifice in a number of ways.


San Jose Veterans Day Parade

10 a.m. Saturday: A ceremony will be held at Plaza de Cesar Chavez

11 a.m. Parade will start at West Santa Clara Street and Highway 87. Attendees will travel east to Market Street, where they will turn south toward the reviewing stand in front of the park. 

Honor on the Row in San Jose

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday: Santana Row will celebrate veterans with a gold star memorial to honor the fallen, a display of military vehicles and classic cars, and a collection booth for care packages.


We Are All Americans! Tribute to Nikkei Veterans

10 a.m. Saturday: A free public ceremony hosted by the National Japanese American Historical Society at 640 Old Mason Street.

11 a.m. Saturday: GO FOR BROKE! Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday: Luncheon reception

Veterans Day Service + Art at the Presidio

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday: Veterans and civilians can view service members' artwork on display at the Presidio Officers' Club and participate in community service for victims of the North Bay wildfires.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: Family-friendly arts and crafts

Commemoration of 75th Anniversary of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday: The Naval History and Heritage Command, in partnership with the USS San Francisco Memorial Foundation and San Francisco Fleet Week Association, will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal at the USS San Francisco Memorial at 2400 El Camino Del Mar. The ceremony will honor the sailors and marines who were killed in action during the battle on Nov. 12 and 13.

Veterans Day Parade

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday: An estimated 20,000 people are expected to attend the annual Veterans Day parade that traditionally starts with motorcycle riders leading the way. It starts on the Embarcadero at North Point Street and heads to Fisherman's Wharf along Jefferson Street.


Veterans Day Celebration in Alameda

10 a.m. Saturday: The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum at 707 West Hornet Avenue will offer a station for people who want to make thank-you cards for veterans.

11 a.m. Saturday: The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum will hosts its annual ceremony on the ship’s hanger deck. Afterward, a wreath will be cast into San Francisco Bay in honor of U.S. veterans of all wars and branches of service.

Veterans Memorial Dedication in Union City

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday: Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle will dedicate a new monument at Veterans Memorial Park at 4525 Dyer Street. The memorial will feature a hexahedra granite monument — with each of the six sides representing a different branch of the military — and memorial bricks that can be individually dedicated to service members. The event will include the presentation and retiring of colors by the United States Army’s 91st Division, two ceremonial firings from a Howitzer cannon, a flyover and landing of Vietnam helicopters, and a BBQ Lunch served by local firefighters.

Sixth Annual Veterans Day Services in Castro Valley

11 a.m. Saturday: Sue Alverson of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' National Home for Children will address the crowd at Castro Valley Community Park at 3683 Quail Avenue, followed by a raffle of a Henry Salute to the Military Rifle with all the proceeds going to the VFW.


Veterans Day Parade in Petaluma

12 p.m. Saturday: Music will begin at Walnut Park

1 p.m. Saturday: The parade will begin and end at Walnut Park

2:45 p.m. Saturday: A prayer, pledge of allegiance and follow-up program will follow the parade in the gazebo.

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