“This is a big responsibility," said Veterans Week San Diego President Jack Harkins, "to have charge of the celebration of Veterans Day for a county with 250,000 veterans residing here."
The parade will feature veterans from all branches of the military. Active-duty personnel from the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Navy and U.S Coast Guard will also be participating this year.
"That has become now the largest public parading of active duty, men and women in uniform, in formation, anywhere in the country," said Harkins. "There will be over 1,000, probably close to 1,600."
Harkins said anywhere near the mile-long route is good for viewing, but those looking for a special spot should sit near the end of the parade's route.
“At that point, the people marching in the parade become attentive to the sidelines because they’re looking for that family or friend who said 'I'll meet you at the end,'" he said. "They are over looking at you, so that's a fun place to be."