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Bryan Suits To Be Grand Marshal of the 12th Annual A Salute to Veterans Parade and Expo

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The parade is scheduled for November 18, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Inland Empire A Salute to Veterans Parade Committee announces Bryan Suits as Grand Marshal of the 12th Annual A Salute to Veterans Parade and Expo.  The parade is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017 in downtown Riverside.
 
Bryan Suits is an American war veteran who has served in Desert Storm, Bosnia, and Iraqi Freedom. 
Suits enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 1989 and served in Operation Desert Storm as a medic.  In 1998, he was deployed as a member of the Oregon Army National Guard to Bosnia as part of Stabilisation Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SFOR), a NATO-led multinational peacekeeping force.  In 2002, he attended Officer Candidate School and received his commission. 
 
As a member of C Company, 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry RegimentWashington Army National Guard, he deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in Iraq.  Lieutenant Suits also collected rubber boots from his radio show listeners and distributed them to Iraqi children.
 
He has been a talk radio host for more than 10 years in Seattle, San Diego, and Los Angeles and is also a regular contributor on Fox Business News.  He currently hosts a weekly Sunday show on KFI AM 640. 
 
A Salute to Veterans Parade and Expo honors veterans of all ages and eras.  The parade celebrates those men and women who served to protect the freedoms that we treasure.  Since 2005, A Salute to Veterans Parade and Expo has been successful with thousands of participants, and even more in attendance.  Parades over the past years have featured over 100 entries that included marching bands, fly-overs, equestrian units, color guards, marching units, antique cars, military vehicles, floats, and of course, veterans.
 
This year, for the first time, an expo that will include static displays and organizations whose services or products are of unique interest and value to veterans, will take place near the Riverside County Courthouse immediately following the parade. 
 
In addition, there will be a themed fundraising dinner on Wednesday, November 15th, now the City’s official Veterans’ Week, at Riverside’s Historic Camp Anza.  Camp Anza served as a staging area during World War II and has been refurbished to all of its original charm to provide affordable housing for veterans.
 
Performing at this year’s parade are (partial list):
Southern California Patriot Guard Riders
Sgt. Caesar
USS Bonefish Base-US Submarine Vets, Inc.
El Bekal Shrine (Anaheim)
Home Instead Senior Care
San Gabriel Valley Young Marines
La Sierra High School California Cadet Corps.
Blue Star Mothers H.O.M.E., CA30
Mayor William R. Bailey, III
Riverside City Council Ward 1 Mike Gardner
Riverside City Fire Department
Riverside City Council Ward 4 Chuck Conder
Poss and Sons / Tap Enterprises
Mountain Quilters of Idyllwild
Buford Johnson Tuskegee Airman Chapter
Spirit of 45 Unity Tour & Kissing Statue
Riverside City Council Ward 6 Jim Perry
Riverside County Sheriff Hazardous Device Team
 
The parade committee continues to seek sponsors, volunteers, expo participants, groups interested in hosting viewing parties and parade participants.  Those that are interested in contributing to this important event are encouraged to contact Jeffrey Crumbaker at patriciang2@aol.com 
 
Additional information is available by following updates on Instagram (@salutetovets) and liking the parade’s Facebook page – 12th Annual A Salute to Veterans Parade & Expo.

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