Veterans Day in the High Desert is memorialized each year with two local events: A parade and ceremony in Victorville, and a ceremony later in the day at Hesperia Lake Park. The 17th annual Veterans Day parade flowed down 7th Street on November 11, with hundreds of spectators gath- ered. Marching bands, walking groups, floats, vintage cars and military vehicles took part. All military service branches were represented. A one-mile run preceded the parade.
Prisoners of War in the High Desert were honored at the Vic- torville ceremony. Four local POWs were identified, with only Col. Tony Marshall, in attendance. The ceremony took place on 7th Street near the statue called The Price of Freedom, based on casualties from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada and Iraq. It depicts the Universal Soldier statue at the corner of Forrest Avenue. The names inscribed on it belong to those who had graduated or attended the campus across the street (now Uni- versity Preparatory School).
Victorville Mayor Jim Cox, Congressman Paul Cook, and San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood spoke during the event. The Victor Valley High School Air Force JROTC, VVHS band and California Cadet Corps all participated. Four local residents who have been identified as prisoners of war were honored in a special presentation. Vietnam veteran Col. Tony Marshall (Air Force, Ret.) was the only one of the four POWs in attendance, and he was recognized by Cook for his service.
Lovingood and Rebecca Tennison representing State Senator Steve Knight also honored Marshall. Some of the parade entries were Disabled Ameri- can Veterans, VVHS band, San Bernardino County Fire Department, the High Desert Marines and Viet- nam Veterans of America.