Veterans Day Parade is confirmed for Thursday November 11, 2021

Mission Statement
  • We salute past, present and future members of our armed forces.
  • We recognize service to our country and her cause does not end with termination of military service. (more)
Parade Registration

Download the Parade Registration Form here. Please adhere to all instructions. All entries are tentative pending approval.

Contact the Parade Coordinator with your questions.

A couple videos

VideoJust A Common Soldier by Lawrence VainCourt with Tony Lo Bianco

VideoVeterans Day Parade 2011 by Carl Burchfiel

2021 Parade Theme "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans"
Petaluma will honor and recognize all Vietnam Veterans giving them the WELCOME HOME they always deserved.
If you are a Vietnam Veteran or know one please let them know and consider marching on this this historic day!
We expect the largest group of Vietnam Veterans from the Bay Area.
The little City of Petaluma supported a wonderful 2019 Veterans Day Parade complete with Flyovers from our friends the "Huey Vets" with their restored Huey Helicopter.The U.S. Coast Guard and 5 Warbirds participated as well.

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Schedule Details

  • Speakers will include decorated Vietnam War Door Gunner and Author Tony Lazzarini and local dignitaries.” (Walnut Park Gazebo Stage after the parade concludes)
  • A special tribute to the 15 Petaluma men who lost their lives in Vietnam by the creators of the original Vietnam Memorial Plaque.
  • For those participating in the parade, street monitors will be on hand to give out assigned numbers. Staging begins at 11:00 AM on 4th Street, from D Street south to I Street.
  • 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM Music will play in the gazebo. Peter Lombardi will head up the sound system.
  • The 12-1 Band, Johnathan Parneli and Friends will perform in Walnut Park
  • Program after the parade, there will be a speaker at approximately 2:45 PM at the gazebo, an opening prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and an introduction of the Speakers of the Day.
  • The National Anthem and God Bless America will be sung this year by Adrea Krout.
  • Thanks to Friedman's, Exchange Bank, and all the donors of 2019, you make the parade possible.

History

  • From 1967 to 1983, Julius Forcucci & 2 WWI buddies walked the parade together.
  • In 1983 one friend died & the other was ill, so Forcucci walked alone carrying an American Flag in 1984 and 1985.
  • In 1986, 50 veterans joined him and the annual parade began.
  • Julius Forcucci died Sept. 7, 1988 at age 94. During the 1988 Veterans Day Parade a riderless horse with it's stirrups tied to the saddle led the parade in honor of Forcucci.
  • Over the years the parade has grown. In the early 90's the parade reached 100 entries. The 2019 parade had over 200 entries with over 2,000 participants. The estimated crowd was approximately 40,000.
  • Recognized as one of the best in the U.S.
  • It is the largest Veterans Day Parade north of the Golden Gate.

expected Highlights

  • Grand Marshal - Past Parade Organizer and Vietnam Veteran Steve Kemmerle.
  • 021 Parade to open with National Anthem sung by Andrea Krout on 4th street/D street intersection.
  • Several military parents and military offspring
  • Petaluma Riding and Driving Color Guard
  • USCG Two Rock and Cotati Harley Club
  • Symbolic flyover and landing of Vietnam Era Huey Helicopter. As well as flyover of various other aircraft.
  • Parade announcers are located at the Petaluma Museum, Putnum Plaza, in front of the Hide Away Bar and 4th & C..
  • The USAF Commanders Jazz Combo will perform.

Mission Statement

  • We remember how men and women set aside their civilian pursuits to serve their nation's cause, defending the freedom of mankind and preserving our American heritage.
  • We salute past, present and future members of our armed forces.
  • We recognize service to our country and her cause does not end with termination of military service.
  • Out of blood and sweat we learned of purpose, sacrifice, tolerance, bravery, and discipline. In our continuing quest for an honorable world peace, we must cultivate these virtues.