USS Midway Museum steps up to honor military veterans

Museum will sponsor 2013 Veterans Day parade in SD

SAN DIEGO - A local institution is stepping up to make sure this year's San Diego Veterans Day Parade goes on as scheduled.

San Diego is the U.S. Navy's biggest homeport, and the city is one of the top three with the most military veterans. That made it even more surprising that the annual Veterans Day parade struggles to secure funding every year.

On Tuesday morning, parade chairman Jack Harkins announced the that USS Midway Museum will be the title sponsor for the 2013 parade. It seemed fitting since the USS Midway Museum is dedicated to showcasing the military's history.

Without enough funding, some parades across the country have been called off.

In San Diego County, with an estimated 260,000 veterans, the parade will happen this year.

USS Midway Museum President and CEO Mac McLaughlin said it is important to give veterans the honor they deserve this upcoming holiday.

The theme for the parade on Nov. 11 is "A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans."

10News spoke to some volunteers at the USS Midway Museum -- some who are Vietnam-era veterans -- about this year's parade. They watched Tuesday's ceremony and seemed touched by gesture. It was the type of gratitude they did not see when they returned from war, some said.

With the Midway's help, parade organizers have nearly doubled their 2012 budget with an estimated $70,000.

That financial boost allowed them to secure the previous parade route along Harbor Drive.

However, they are still $30,000 shy of their target goal of $100,000.

This year's parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Harbor Drive near the Maritime Museum.

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