Veterans Day ceremonies looked different this year due to the pandemic, but that did not stop Bay Area residents from finding a safe way and taking time Wednesday to honor those who served.

In Martinez, a drive-through parade was held at the VA’s Center for Rehabilitations and Extended Care. Family and friends drove by the facility, waved and held signs to honor their veteran loved ones who watched the parade from in front of the facility.

Also in the East Bay, a ceremony was held at Walnut Creek’s Bryon Park starting with a pancake breakfast. Veterans were allowed to bring one guest to the event thanks to advanced coronavirus testing, officials said.

An honorary roll call is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m.

Among those honored at the Walnut Creek ceremony is 95-year-old World War II veteran Karl Pister.

“It was a very different attitude for my generation during World War II. We were young men and women who felt we were doing something important. We wanted to help save the world,” Pister said. “World War II had a very different feeling than the Korean and Vietnam wars. America was very united during WWII.”

The USS Hornet in Alameda also has a host of events and exhibits scheduled, including a flyover over the ship by the Memorial Squadron. More info here.

Meanwhile, two veterans in Santa Rosa took a special flight to commemorate the day and honor those who served. Both veterans fought in World War II. Check out the story here.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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