San Diego honors military in Veterans Day parade

SAN DIEGO - The 31st annual San Diego Veterans Day Parade headlined a slate of events across the county Saturday to honor those who served in the military.

The parade began at 11 a.m. on North Harbor Drive at Grape Street and proceeded south for one mile before ending at Pacific Highway.

The USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum had a day of activities scheduled to celebrate the holiday. The Salute to Service Festival ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the vessel's flight deck and included a blood drive, live entertainment and children's activities.

The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial in La Jolla hosted a ceremony at 2 p.m. featuring guest speaker Bonnie Dunbar, a NASA astronaut.

Miramar National Ceremony hosted a commemoration at the foot of the Veterans Tribute Tower and Carillon at 4:15 p.m. Speakers included Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego.

The cities of San Marcos and El Cajon also held ceremonies.

The San Marcos event ran from 9 to 11 a.m. at Helen Bougher Memorial Park, 1243 Borden Road. It included a formal military ceremony with a presentation of colors by U.S. Marine Corps stationed at Camp Pendleton and performances by Doreen Treadwell and the San Elijo Middle School Jazz Band.

El Cajon held its ceremony from 1 to 2 p.m. at Centennial Plaza. It featured music performed by Valhalla High School students, Grossmont High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps color guard.