This year’s Veterans Day event will begin at 10 a.m. in front of Oxnard City Hall, 305 W. Third St., with a brief welcome by Mayor Tim Flynn, followed by the parade. The parade will extend down Third Street to C Street before concluding at Plaza Park, 500 S. C. St., where the ceremony will take place starting at 11:11 a.m. The complete details are at www.oxnard.org/veteransday2016.
At 11:11 a.m., the ceremony will begin promptly at Plaza Park, 500 S. C St. This year’s special guest speakers are:
■ David Wilson who was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY in January 1967 and part of Operation Eagle Thrust, the largest military airlift of its time to Vietnam; and
■ Doctor Robert “Bob” Hochman who was assigned to the military advisory command (MAC-V) medical corps as a combat surgeon in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in 1970-71.
The following streets will be closed from 9-11 a.m. for the parade:
· Third Street from A to C streets
· Fourth Street from A to C streets
· B Street from Third to Fifth streets
· North Fifth Street from B to C streets
All county public transit operators including Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD), www.goldcoasttransit.org, and the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), www.goventura.org, will provide free bus rides on Nov. 11, to U.S. veterans who present valid military identification upon boarding. Valid identification includes veterans identification cards issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the veterans designation listed on licenses/identification cards issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. GCTD and VCTC buses will operate on their regular schedules during the holiday.
The box office at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center (PACC) will be open Nov. 11, and the auditorium will be open starting at 5:30 p.m. for the free Veterans Day jazz concert by the U.S. Navy Band Commodores. However, the business office will be closed. For more details about the concert, visit www.oxnardperformingarts.com.