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Ceremonies Celebrate Veterans
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Weather forecasters are calling for somewhat chilly and possibly wet weather, but the crowd is expected to turn out for a number of activities on Friday to mark the observance of Veterans Day.

Friday's forecast from the National Weather Service includes a good chance of rain and high temperatures in the mid-50s to mid-60s. Organizers, though, are going ahead with plans for a downtown parade, commemorative Air Force flyover, chicken barbecue and more.

The Friday, Nov. 11 observance of Veterans Day will begin with the flyover, the aircraft buzzing Main Street and the downtown area about 10:15 a.m.

That will help get people to the area, with the parade scheduled to step off at 10:30 a.m. and wind its way from Coley to First to Main, where it will make a stop at the historic caboose adjacent to the city's Main Street Park for the lowering of the flag to half-mast and the playing of Taps.

Following the parade, the activities move to the Escalon Community Center and adjacent Veterans Memorial Wall. There, at about 11:30 a.m., there will be the laying of wreaths at the memorials, a 21-gun salute, a guest speaker and brief ceremony at the wall.

The traditional chicken barbecue will follow, with ticket prices set at $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Also, a handmade quilt will be on display at the Community Center during the barbecue, which will be raffled off at the event.

Parade entries are still being accepted and more information is available by contacting Legion member Darrell Voortman at 838-7064.

All events are coordinated through the Escalon American Legion Gustafson-Thompson Post. Grand Marshals for the parade this year will be Post members Chaplain Jay Davis and Albert Johnson, both World War II veterans.