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Chuck Atkinson Grand Marshal for 2017 Independence Parade

Oceanside CA— Serving as Oceanside’s Independence Parade Grand Marshal this year is Chuck Atkinson. Atkinson has a long career in the military and has served in the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Air Force Reserves. “I think the Independence Parade brings the community together,” said Chuck. “I am very honored and proud to be this year’s grand marshal.”

As President and co-founder of the Veterans Association of North County (VANC), he established a Resource Center for veterans, current military, and their families.

Atkinson is well known in the community, receiving numerous awards while on active duty and as a veteran. The mission of VANC is to serve as a one-stop resource center for all veterans and military, centralizing the services of diverse agencies to assist them with jobs, education, finances, health and wellness, and family issues. VANC also hosts a Memorial Day and Veterans Day
event each year attracting large crowds.

VANC is a valuable addition to community and veterans sponsored resources offered by the City of Oceanside. VANC is located in Oceanside, California, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created by a group of dedicated veterans to empower other veterans, members of the military, and their families by providing needed support and resources.

VANC is an umbrella association that represents more than 30 veteran organizations spanning all branches of military service (including reserve personnel) and encompassing all generations, retirees.

To learn more about VANC and Chuck Atkinson visit www.VANCnorthcounty.org.

Oceanside’s annual downtown parade will occur on Saturday, July 1st. The parade will start at 10 a.m., at the intersection of Coast Highway and Wisconsin Avenue, and conclude at the intersection of Coast Highway and Civic Center Drive. More than 120 parade entries are expected to march, roll, walk and drive down the famous 101 Coast Highway.

After Parade Party

After the Independence Parade , everyone is welcome to enjoy food, drinks, music by the Del Rio Country Band, and dancing at the VANC building at 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside CA. Tickets are $10 and are available only at the door. RSVP at 760.722.1277.

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