Friday, November 18, 2016 7:30 PM

Proud tradition honors those who serve our community and country

Last week I was with Community Medical Foundation staff cheering as the Table Mountain Rancheria float left the parking lot of the Eaton Flats building across the street from Community Regional Medical Center. This time-honored Table Mountain Rancheria Veterans Day tradition has been taking place here at Eaton Flats for the past nine years.  Each year, the Table Mountain float pays tribute to the Parade’s Honoree, which this year was the US Marines.

Community Regional Medical Center has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Table Mountain Rancheria, that began more than a decade ago. Their generous gift helped build a new home for the comprehensive burn and Level 1 Trauma Center at Community Regional Medical Center, aptly named the Table Mountain Rancheria Trauma Center.
Table Mountain Tribal members, with deep roots in the central San Joaquin Valley, have a long tradition of serving their community – and their country. The Table Mountain Rancheria Pow Wow Committee Members explained that, “Generations of Table Mountain Rancheria members have proudly served our nation, dating back to World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.”

Table Mountain Vice Chair Beverly J. Hunter talked about the parade and its connection to the tribal members and said, “Building the float is a strong tradition. Table Mountain Rancheria is blessed and honored to each year, support our veterans.”  Traditional Native dancers in their colorful regalia, accompany the float as it makes it way along the route. 

The parade, widely recognized as the largest Veterans Day Parade in the Western United States, stretched on for miles and included more than 150 entries. Nearly 15,000 people were in attendance along the route.

Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col Oliver North served as this year’s Parade Grand Marshal.  Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and Congressman Jim Costa offered remarks and participated with our local veterans driving military vehicles and World War II era classic cars. 

The 97th annual Fresno Veterans Day parade was a success and we proudly join Table Mountain Rancheria Tribal Members in thanking the men and women who have served our country in uniform.
Table Mountain Rancheria is the Official Sponsor of the Fresno Veterans Day Parade.
Esther Oganyan
Corporate Communications intern
Community Medical Centers