Proud of Our Veterans: Return of the Veterans Day Parade | Pictures


A long-standing tradition of honoring veterans that has spanned over 100 years will return today to Porterville, United States.

The 102nd Veterans Day Parade will once again take place on Main Street, starting at 10 a.m. today. Of course, as always, the horn will sound at 11:11 am where everything stops for a moment of silence to signify “War To End All Wars”, the end of World War I, which was proclaimed at 11:11 am. 11/11, November 11, 1918.

Today’s activities will be chaired by Grand Marshal Brian Adams, member of the American Legion Post 20 and 24-year veteran of the US Navy. Today’s activities will also be chaired by Veterans Reunion Queen Miss Porterville, Madison Chapman and Her Court, and Her Court, Lily Cisneros and Azalea Rose Gutierrez.

American Legion Post 20 hosts the parade, which is considered the longest parade of its kind in the country.

The parade route will be extended this year from downtown Porterville to Orange Avenue to encourage social distancing.

The parade will also be televised live on KSEE Channel 24. Brent Gill and Caroline Collins, news anchor for KSEE Channel 24, will serve as broadcasters for the parade.

Other Veterans Day activities returning today are the Veterans Day Run / Walk and the Buck Shaffer Band-A-Rama Veterans Day.

Activities begin today with the Veterans Day Run / Walk which begins and ends in front of Town Hall. The event will start at 7:30 a.m. and will feature a 10K run, a 5K run and a 5K walk.

An honorary veteran will fire the starter pistol to start the race.


The Band-A-Rama returns today and will begin at 2 p.m. at Rankin Stadium. The legendary director of the Porterville Panther Band, Buck Shaffer, launched the Band-A-Rama in 1970 to honor those who served the country and those who currently serve the country.

This year, 11 high school and middle school groups will participate in the annual huge performance of mass music groups and nearly 70 majorettes and twirlers will also be featured.

The event will begin with the American Legion Post 20 Color Guard leading Boy Scout Troop # 132 under the direction of Councilor Don Valdez in the wearing of the American flag around the football field, stopping in front of the stands for the oath. of allegiance led by Master of Ceremonies Eric Ball.

Then the marching band parade will begin, with all the marching bands marching around the track and then taking their position on the field.

After that, American Legion Station 20 Chaplain Eddie Orosco will offer the invocation. Retired Porterville High Orchestra Director Jim Kusserow, who took over from Shaffer, will then lead the mass orchestra in the performance of patriotic music in honor of the veterans.

Band-A-Rama is free but donations are collected following the event.

The bands that will be featured in this year’s event are: The Monache Marauder Band, Justin Adams, director; the Porterville Panther Band, Clark Keele, director; The Strathmore High Group, Nicholas Walters, Director; the Granite Hills High group, Ken Ormonde, director; the Summit Collegiate High School group, Donna Steigleder, principal; the Woodlake High group, Richard McCue, director.

The Pioneer Middle School Mustang Band, Derek Schumaker, principal; the Bartlett Middle School Band, Regina Abad, principal; the Sequoia Middle School Band, Richard Madrigal, director; the Summit Charter Intermediate School group, Stephen Smith, director; and the Burton Middle School Bulldog Marching Band, Jack Amaral, principal.

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