Vietnam veterans are encouraged to participate in the Patriots Day Parade

The Patriots Day Parade is planned for Saturday, March 2 and Vietnam veterans, along with other U.S. military service veterans, are being encouraged to join in for the festivities.

A parade entry position (entry #9) has been reserved for local Vietnam vets to participate in the parade again this year. The group, South Orange County Vietnam Veterans, has been doing so every year since 1985.

The parade organizers invite all branches of the service – including those from World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria – to participate and be recognized for their service.

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Courtesy of South Orange County Vietnam Veterans

Local veterans proudly wave their flags to the applause of many onlookers during a previous Patriots Day Parade

Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms (or parts thereof).

The group will organize near Laguna Beach High School, located at 625 Park Ave. from 9-10 a.m.

Parking will be challenging because of pre-parade organization, so those planning to participate should arrive as early as possible to ensure a parking spot. Those needing additional assistance may go to the check-in booth at the corner of Park and Short streets for information.

The parade will cover about six blocks (all downhill or level ground) and will begin promptly at 11 a.m.

The Vietnam vet group is also seeking a convertible automobile that would allow those needing to ride, rather than march, the opportunity to do so.

Additionally, the veterans a are planning their traditional annual get-together at Hennessey’s Tavern (213 Ocean Ave.) immediately following the parade’s conclusion.

Interested veterans should contact Patrick Freeman at, or call 949.497.7473.

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