a1Veteran’s Day is November 11th and it is a special day that provides a way to recognize all the veterans who have fought across all battles, wars, and conflicts to save our freedom and protect the rights of others. While they deserve praise every day of the year, this is at least a way to draw attention and awareness to the plight of our veterans who still need help and assistance after they return home from the fight.

In San Diego, we have many events that honor veterans on Veteran’s Day. Many events are produced by San Diego Veteran’s Week, including the annual Veteran’s Day Parade. This year ‘s parade has the theme of a “Tribute to the Guardians of Freedom.”

a2It’s the 30th year that the parade has been held and draws attention to the fact that these courageous people have chosen to fight on behalf of all of us to preserve our freedom and rights.

The parade will begin at North Harbor Drive, one block south of Grape Street. It will proceed south past numerous grandstands and the USS Midway. It will continue on Harbor Drive to Pacific Highway and conclude there, making the parade route about one mile in distance. It starts at 11am and ends by 2pm.

Other events in San Diego for Veteran’s Day include the following November 11th activities:

The USS Midway
The USS Midway will offer free admission for veterans and their families all day long.

Chula Vista Memorial Bowl Park
Memorial Bowl Park in Chula Vista (373 Park Way) will host a Veteran’s Day celebration at 11am led by the American Legion Post 434. The event includes a ceremony at the park, reception, and luncheon at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post at 47 Fifth Avenue also in Chula Vista.

The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
The museum will open to the public at 12pm on Veterans Day so visitors can enjoy the memorabilia from all branches of service.a5Mt. Soledad

The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial will host a Veterans Day ceremony from 2-3pm p.m., which will include a special plaque presentation for Ted Williams, the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame baseball star and WWII and Korean War pilot.

Veterans Association of North County
The Veterans Association of North County (1617 Mission Ave.) will hold a Veterans Day ceremony from 10-11am.a4

Fallbrook Veterans Day Parade
This Veterans Day Parade in Fallbrook begins at 10am along Main Avenue. From 11am to 12pm, there will be a celebration ceremony will be held at Village Square Park followed by a free lunch at VFW Post 124 located at 1175 S. Old Stage Road.

Del Mar Veterans Day Salute
The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will host the Veterans Day Salute on Nov. 11, which includes racetrack admission, a barbecue, drink specials and live music after the races from country music artist Coffey Anderson plus many more activities.

Be sure to do your part on this special day to thank our veterans in San Diego and across the country!a3

You can also pick up a wide array of patriotic flowers at any of our San Diego flower shops by visiting or calling or you can go online to our website for additional options.