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Canoga Park Honors Veterans on Memorial Day

This year, the Canoga Park Memorial Parade will be honoring fallen veterans from all military campaigns, including the Civil War.

Dubbed “A big-city event with a small-town vibe,” the parade is celebrating its 30 year anniversary. The Canoga Park-West Hills Chamber has been honoring the individuals and families of the U.S. armed forces who have served and given their lives for the causes of freedom, liberty, and peace since 1989.

The opening ceremony and wreath laying at 10 am will be at the corner of Sherman Way and Remmet, honoring the men and women from Canoga Park High School who gave their lives for our country.

Joining this solemn tribute will be Captain Bill Ratner, US Navy, US Congressman Brad Sherman, State Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, LA City Councilman Bob Blumenfield, L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin, along with other community leaders.

The parade will feature Military Grand Marshalls from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom/ Enduring Freedom. A contingent of Civil War Reenactors will march in the parade, giving honor to those fallen during that episode in the United States.

Miri Rossitto, president of Woodland Hills-based COWE Consulting, will emcee the event.

The parade  at 11 am will start at Owensmouth Avenue proceeding east along Sherman Way to Cozycroft Avenue.

Each year over 30,000 spectators attend this patriotic event and it has received local and national attention.  The parade has been featured in an hour-long program “Proud to Be an American” on the Fox News Network.

Through the efforts of the chamber, community partners, and local business sponsors, the parade has become a community tradition. Chamber President Mark Neudorff declared, “It’s an honor for the Chamber of Commerce to be the host of this wonderful tribute to our fallen heroes and their families, to bring the community together to show our respect for active military veterans and first responders. The Canoga Park – West Hills Chamber of Commerce wishes to promote an example of the American spirit, of generosity, respect, and perseverance.  So come and join the community of Canoga Park, and witness the veterans, service members, floats, music, equestrian teams, youth groups and government officials who have taken time to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and “Salute the Price of Freedom.”

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