AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre This year, both the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton and the U.S. Navy Marching Band will be there along with veterans from every generation. The sidewalks along the parade route should be packed with families cheering and thanking them for their service. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Laurel Canyon and San Fernando Mission boulevards. It will proceed down Laurel Canyon for a mile and end at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center and Park, 10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd. There will be a carnival at the park and booths offering services and information to all veterans. As always, the Canoga Park Women’s Club and VFW Post 10040 in Sun Valley are stepping up to host special meals for veterans Saturday. Odds and ends from around the Valley: If you’re looking for a way to pay tribute to our servicemen and -women this Veterans Day weekend, there are no shortage of events on tap. First and foremost is the annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade on Sunday in Pacoima. No matter where you live in the Valley, it’s definitely worth the drive over to see this colorful, inspirational parade and show your kids what Veterans Day is all about. A Tribute to Veterans luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the women’s club, 7401 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park, then later in the day, the VFW post will host a turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 6 to 8 p.m. The post is at 8548 Lankershim Blvd. in Sun Valley. The public’s invited, so drop by and meet some great people who are the heart and soul of Veterans Day. If you want to get an early jump on the festivities, there’s a thank-you recognition ceremony to all veterans tonight at 7 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7045 Farralone Ave., Canoga Park. And while we’re handing out thank yous, a few should go to our local schools having Veterans Day events. One of the best around was on Thursday at Wilson Middle School in Glendale, where the student body gathered in the auditorium to hear four World War II veterans talk about their experiences. One of them was 89-year-old Louis Zamperini, who competed as a runner in the 1936 Olympics when he was a teenager, then later served as a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator in the Pacific. Also, today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lawrence Middle School is honoring more than 100 veterans in a special Veterans Day assembly and luncheon. The school is at 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. The Knights of Columbus will distribute more than 2,000 wheelchairs to veterans at four VA hospitals this weekend, including 500 at the West Los Angeles VA. There are thousands of older veterans who have developed noncombat-related disabilities and are not eligible for VA-provided wheelchairs and can’t afford to buy them. Working with the Wheelchair Foundation of Camarillo for the past four years, the Catholic fraternal service organization also has donated more than 2,000 wheelchairs to victims of land mines and war in Afghanistan. The event will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. on the west side of the VA center, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. The holiday drive for Operation Gratitude also kicks off this Veterans Day weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the California Army National Guard headquarters in Van Nuys, 17330 Victory Blvd. This is a hands-on program in which hundreds of local volunteers gather to put together care packages for troops overseas and in military hospitals. If you want to help or donate to the holiday drive, call the Operation Gratitude hotline at 818-909-0039, or go online to www.operationgratitude.com. And finally, if you can’t make it to any of these Veterans Day events this weekend, you have one more opportunity Monday. The history department at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is sponsoring a free event at which local combat veterans from the “Greatest Generation” will talk about their World War II experiences. The event will be held in the Lundring Events Center on the campus at 60 W. Olsen Road. For more information, call Richard Derderian at 805-493-3318. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected] 818-713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!