LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Veterans Day events are being held all across Southern California to honor those who have served for our country.
The 8th annual San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade parade begins at 11:11 a.m. (today is 11/11/11) at the intersection of San Fernando Mission Blvd. and Laurel Canyon Blvd in San Fernando.
The parade route ends one mile down the road at the Ritchie Valens Rec Center and Park at 10371 Laurel Canyon in Pacoima, where there will be a carnival.
Marine Corps Capt. J. Ricardo Hernandez, a Reseda High School graduate, will be the grand marshal.
Hollywood Hills' 52nd annual Veterans Day program is happening at Forest Lawn Memorial Park at 11 a.m.
It will include a reading of the Presidential Proclamation by L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, an aerial performance by the Golden Stars Skydiving Team and music by the Notre Dame High School marching band.
And in Studio City, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will compete against several veterans to see who can bag a shopping cart of groceries the fastest at the "Wounded Warrior Bagging Boot Camp."
It's happening from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Vons store located at 4033 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
After the contest, the mayor will distribute 100 free turkeys to veterans in attendance.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday, so all federal, state, county and city offices will be closed.
Additionally, banks, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed.
Public schools will not be in session.
However, buses, subways and Metrolink will be operating on their normal schedules, and trash collection service will proceed as usual.
Many restaurants and businesses are offering freebies for veterans today.
They include Knott's Berry Farm, Olive Garden, Applebee's, Chili's, Little Caesars's Pizza, McCormick & Schmick and Hooters.
Military personnel with an ID will get a $10 discount on tickets for Friday night's Anaheim Ducks game.
The Nixon Library in Yorba Linda will also be offering free admission to everyone for Veterans Day.
Veterans Day Marked in Southern California -- Events and Closures
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