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One Of A Kind Parade

Sonora, CA — Come March Tuolumne County will be hosting a "one of a kind" parade.

Tuesday evening the Sonora City Council approved the March 28 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Parade.

Post 391 will host the 1pm parade that will start at the Red Church and proceed down Washington Street following Hwy 49 down Stockton Rd. to the Mother Lode Bank parking lost.

According to Public Affairs Liaison George Eldridge this will be the only Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Parade in the entire country. In September Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill recognizing March 28 as the Welcome Home Day for Vietnam veterans.

Eldridge goes on, "This is the parade we never received."

Plans are to invite Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans from all over the state but in particular veterans from Stockton, Modesto, Calaveras and Mariposa counties, Ione, Oakdale, Tracy and the surrounding areas as well as neighboring communities in Nevada to join in the parade.

Post 391 is the largest Vietnam Veterans chapter in California and the ninth largest in the U.S.

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com