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Service, Sacrifice Noted In Ceremonies
Escalon American Legion Post 263 member Casey DenOuden hands out souvenir spent casings after a 21-gun salute was fired at Wednesdays Veterans Day ceremonies in Escalon. Marg Jackson/The Times


Escalon High School was the scene for a special ceremony honoring area veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and that was followed up with the downtown parade and ceremonies at the Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The double-dip Veterans Day observance saw veterans welcomed to the high school as special guests for a Tuesday afternoon program, featuring a video, presentation of cards and flowers for all veterans attending, with the entire high school student body packed into the new gym.

Wednesday, the traditional Veterans Day, the morning parade saw watchers lining up both sides of Main Street and waving small American flags as the various groups made their way along the route. Music, horses, cheerleaders, floats, all were a part of the festivities, led off by the American Legion Post 263 colorguard. Performing the flag ceremony at the historic Main Street caboose was World War II veteran Ralph Verschoor.

A guest speaker, laying of wreaths at the memorial wall and monument at the Community Center and a 21-gun salute followed the parade. A large crowd then enjoyed a barbecued chicken dinner, sharing the meal and camaraderie.

Shown are some photos from the events.