Veterans Parade Grows Into ‘A Gem’

Veterans Parade Grows Into ‘A Gem’
Posted on 11/09/2018
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Think. Act. Be a hero. At Veterans Elementary, the words are more than a school slogan. The annual “Honoring Our Heroes” Veterans Parade and Ceremony reflects the school’s ties to the military and military-connected families.


This year’s event was held on November 2 and was patriotic, emotional at times, and educational. The parade included area high school marching bands, classic cars shuttling dignitaries and veterans alike, and a touching march of students with their military-connected parents.


The ‘little gem of a parade,’ which began as a school parade around the neighborhood, grew into a full-fledged City of Chula Vista event.


“What makes the veterans parade so special is that it was homegrown,” Principal Angela Rosendale said. “About 13 years ago, Lieutenant Commander Henry A. Martinez and the former principal of this school really saw the need to educate our students …to ensure they understand why it’s so important to appreciate and support our veterans and to understand why they are so important to our community and our country.”

Military officer waving to crowdMilitary veterans, community members and students each took part in the procession–still in the neighborhood around the school. Groups ranging from the District’s Community Opus music program to neighboring Wolf Canyon Elementary student groups marched along the parade route, along with Girl Scout troops.

The stars of the event, of course, were the active duty and retired military personnel.

“It takes a lot of coordination between our neighboring high schools, local businesses, and our military,” Rosendale said. “We have all branches of the military supporting this event.”

There are 11 schools in the District that have more than 12 percent of enrollment identified as military-connected students. Four schools have at least 21 percent of their students identified as military-connected—with Saburo Muraoka Elementary having the highest percentage at 32%. Partnerships with local military commands are vital to our district. CVESD has a total of 2,659 military-connected students, which is 9% of our total student enrollment.

Student smiling as parade passes byThe multi-generational observance of the Veterans Day Holiday culminated in a ceremony on the Veterans Elementary campus, which 11% of students are military connected.

“I’ve seen this parade grow year after year,” Rosendale said. “As I continue to be the principal at this wonderful school …I look forward to seeing our students who have parents or parents in the military continue to be a part of this parade. That’s what it’s all about.”

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