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American Legion to inaugurate first Escondido VetFest November 11

Seated (from left) Art Lubben, VetFest treasurer; Nina Deerfield VetFest co-chairman, Mike Frank, VetFest co-chairman; standing: members of the Brothers of Six Charitable Organization Stef Holden, Tane Moshier, and Bill McNaughton. Photo by Don Greene/Escondido VetFest

American Legion Post 149 has announced its inaugural Escondido VetFest to take place on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11. 

The day’s activities will include a parade along Grand Avenue in Historic Downtown Escondido. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. To date organizers have 40 entries for the parade, including veterans from every major war, from World War II to the Gulf War. 

The parade will also feature the American Legion Riders starting off the parade, followed by the United States Marine 3rd Air Wing Marching Band from Marine Corps Station, Mira Mar.

The two VetFest festivals will take place on Maple Street Plaza and at American Legion Post 149. Festival booths at both locations will feature veteran-related organizations and VetFest sponsors. 

Some of the booth will include title sponsors, MCRD Museum Foundation, Women Marines Association, Toyota of Escondido, and many more. Escondido VetFest sponsors are: Title Sponsors – Frontwave Credit Union, IBEW/NICA, and Palomar Health.

There will be a store-front decorating contest for merchants along Grand Avenue, the information booths and static display will viewable all morning at Maple Street Plaza, and the free BBQ with entertainment and a small ceremony will begin at the Post at 12:30 p.m.

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American Legion JB Clark Post 140, the organizer of Escondido VetFest, is a 501(c)(19), non-profit Veterans Organization as designated under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(19) and all donations are Tax Exempt under 26 U. S. Code 170(c)(3), Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended.

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