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LA MESA -- This city is planning a special weekend of patriotism and support for veterans, adding this year a special dedication of a parkway to the city's veterans of all wars just a day prior to the annual Flag Day Parade.
Starting on Friday at 10:00 a.m., La Mesa’s portion of Fletcher Parkway will be designated as
“Veterans Memorial Parkway” during a festive ceremony to be held at EDCO Football Field in
Parkway Middle School, 9009 Park Plaza Street.
In honoring veterans, the City has added an entry monument sign on the east side of La Mesa, a
new vehicular sign on the parkway and modified the existing city entry monument sign at Baltimore
and Fletcher Parkway. The project does not change the name of Fletcher Parkway, but adds
signage along the roadway.
Councilmember Dave Allan who spearheaded the project said, “La Mesa is a great community.
Residents and businesses have stepped up to support this project to honor our veterans in a very
visible way; some $9,550 has been raised, with more funding still expected. This shows La Mesa
cares about our war heroes.”
The City agreed to match community fundraising up to $13,000. The total cost of the three signs was $22,000.
With veterans from all of the Armed Forces expected on June 3rd, La Mesa Firemen’s Association is
hosting a pancake breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at La Mesita Park, 8855 Dallas Street.
While the breakfast is free, an R.S.V.P. is required to firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-667-1105.
In May 2010, a Veterans Memorial Parkway committee was formed to assist with this project. The
Steering Committee is made up of members of veterans groups, staff from state and federal local
elected officials, and interested community members. They will be recognized at the ceremony. In
addition, the sponsors who helped with the project will be acknowledged.
As part of the City of La Mesa’s ongoing effort to honor Veterans, the La Mesa City Council has
recognized veterans monthly for the last five months. In May, the Council recognized Modern War Veterans, in April Vietnam War Veterans, in March the Korean War Veterans, in February the WWII Veterans and in January the Council honored the Pearl Harbor Survivors for their valor.
Saturday's Flag Day Parade is an annual salute to America and features some of the best marching bands in the area, including the spectacular Marine Corps Band, which traditionally leads the parade. A concert will begin festivities at 9 a.m. and the parade will follow at 10 a.m. City officials are encouraging people to dress in historical patriotic garb and cheer the parade on.
Enjoy the video below to see what last year's event was like.