Veterans Day


Rosali Flores, Editor

Veterans Day, initially called Armistice Day, dates all the way back to the end of World War I. An armistice is when both sides of war agree to stop fighting, or simply a truce. World War I was officially ended with the signing of The Treaty of Versailles, which was signed on June 28, 1919, the fighting had already ceased seven months prior on November 11 (which is why we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11).

Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day, which occurs in May. Veterans Day is celebrated to honor all veterans, who have served in the armed forces, while Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives while protecting our country. Communities celebrate in many ways, in Porterville, we celebrate Veterans Day with a parade, the Band-a-Rama, and a 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk.

The Veterans’ Day Parade in Porterville is the longest-running parade of its kind in the entire United States. The Parade officially begins on Main Street at 9:00 a.m. on the corner of Main and Morton and the parade route will extend all the way to Orange Avenue. The Panther Band is #33 this year.

The Band-a-Rama begins after the Parade has concluded (roughly 2 pm at Rankin Stadium) Retired Porterville High School band director Mr. Jim Kusserow, will direct all of 11 bands in a  mass performance of patriotic music, followed by the participating high school’s field show performances.