VETERANS HONORED IN CHULA VISTA
On Monday, November 12, America honors its veterans. The City of Chula Vista is no exception and recognizes these brave souls in many ways. Listed below are several upcoming events to honor veterans:
The 13th annual parade to honor our heroes past, present and future will be held on Friday, November 2, at Veterans Elementary School, 1550 Magdalena Avenue, beginning at 9 a.m. The parade route will run from Magdalena Avenue to Santa Venetia Street and conclude at Veterans Elementary School. Following the parade, a ceremony recognizing veterans and military families will be held with Chula Vista Deputy Mayor Mike Diaz as keynote speaker, from 10 to 11 a.m.
From November 1-13, the public is invited to write and decorate thank you cards to veterans which will be shipped overseas for the holidays. All supplies are provided at the Otay Ranch Branch Library during regular hours. Everyone is invited to write and decorate a veterans thank you card from November 3-8 at the South Branch Library, 389 Orange Avenue. Cards will be delivered to the Chula Vista Veterans Home on Veterans Day.
Veterans Documentary Film Screenings will be held at the Civic Center Library Auditorium at 365 F Street. On Sunday, November 18, “New American Solider” and “Where Soldiers Come From” will be shown beginning at 1 p.m. “Patriot Guard Riders” and “When I Come Home” will be shown on Monday, November 19, starting at 4 p.m.
In addition, Chula Vista has many permanent ways to recognize our veterans including:
Veterans Park, 785 East Palomar Street, which includes a prominent “Walk of Honor” walkway paved with bricks inscribed with the names of veterans. Memorial Park, 373 Park Way, is the City’s second oldest park dating back to 1937 and is the site of the City’s Memorial Monument dedicated to armed forces dating back to World War II. The Chula Vista Public Library, 365 F Street, hosts a Veterans Wing which provides counseling space, updated veterans information and memorabilia, books and media materials. More than 92 City streets in the communities of Sunbow, McMillin and Otay Ranch are named to honor veterans.
The City of Chula Vista supports a Veterans Advisory Commission who provides advice to the City Council on matters regarding veterans. Each year, a Veteran of the Year is selected by the Commission and honored by the City.
Chula Vista is also home to the Veterans Home of California – Chula Vista, one of eight dedicated Veterans Homes in California. The 400-bed long-term care facility provides care to veterans in three areas: independent living, licensed residential, and skilled nursing care.
City offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, November 12, however, trash and recycling services will be provided as normally scheduled with no delays. All City offices will resume normal hours on Tuesday, November 13.
Chula Vista wishes to thank all veterans – past and present - for their service.