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Check out this great message about the 2021 Santa Clara Parade of Champions. And... Stop by for some great pizza!

Seniore's Pizza (Santa Clara)

940 Monroe Street

Santa Clara, CA. 95050

P: (408) 261-2500

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91 year old Veteran of the Korean War: Thank you for your Service!

Our veterans have lived through wars and conflicts, lost comrades, saved lives, and reinvented themselves, overcoming extreme obstacles and tragedies--so many amazing heroic stories. Our Parade of Champions was first established in 1945 to welcome home our WWII heroes, and many veterans and community heroes ever since. I was fortunate to recently connect with Deana Kitajima, his daughter-in-law, and she shared the incredible story of his humble bravery. Ken was born during a century that saw massive change around the world. In 1942, President Roosevelt passed order 9066, a policy that forced the removal of resident "enemy aliens" located in the Western US in areas referred to as Military areas, to be placed in Japanese Interment Camps. As a child of 12 growing up in Campbell, California, his family was forced to sell their land and farming equipment in 2 weeks, then relocated to an internment camp in Heart Mountain, Colorado. Their days were spent living in crowded one room conditions, in poorly structured facilities--lacking even a proper hospital. After the war ended the family was allowed to move back to California where they stoically began to rebuild their lives.

In 1950, Ken joined the US Air Force as a Surgical Nurse, and served during the Korean Conflict until 1954. At the end of the war he went on to study to become a science educator. Ken retired from the San Jose Unified School District. Despite what happened to the Kitajima family and their internment, Ken is still a great Patriot. To this day, Ken says no county is perfect and no government is perfect, and he still believes that United States of America is still the best country in the world. Watch his story and courageous journey to Heart Mountain here: https://youtu.be/zgPyEpkcUpo

On October 9, 2021 at 11 am, Ken Kitajima will be one of our honored guests in the Santa Clara Parade of Champions. Troop 1699 and Pack 1699 of the Fateh foundation will have a flag ceremony at 10am to Honor Ken and our Veterans as part of our preparade ceremonies. Join us in celebrating our 2021 Community and Frontline Heroes. Learn more about our Parade Tradition at www.scparadeofchampions.org

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Bringing Visibility to our Community, NPOs and Heroes!

On October 9th, 2021 the Planning Committee for the Santa Clara Parade of Champions welcomes the return of our Homestead Community Village. This year our community village booths will be located on Franklin Street between Madison and Monroe Streets directly across from the Main Event Stage. Our Artisans, Community leaders and NPOs are the backbone and soul of our community. Visit our Farmer's Market, shop and dine then visit with our Community Partners. There will be giveaways, games, and swag--grab a coffee, learn about lawn bowling, pet wellness, sign up for a 5K, borrow a book at the Bookmobile and karaoke with Cody--list is long.

Here just a few of our 2021 community partners signed up so far:

1) Sean M. Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation

2) Magical Bridge Playground SC

3) Firefighters Foundation--Firehouse 5K Run

4) San Jose Earthquakes

5) The ART Workshop

6) Board of Supervisor Susan Ellenberg

7) Santa Clara Lawn Bowls Club (non-profit social club)

8) Santa Clara City Library Bookmobile

9) Jiaren Cafe

10) Humane Society Silicon Valley

11) Santa Clara Harris Lass House Museum (Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara)

12) Santa Clara School Foundation

13) The Sikh Community

14) Mission College

15) The Brasil Group

16) Be Well Insurance Solutions

17) Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters

18) Silicon Valley Korean Foundation

To learn more about our 52 year old Parade tradition, this year's Program Activities like Salsa on the Square sponsored by Volare, or sign up for a community booth sign up at our Homestead Community Village at our Website www.scparadeofchampions.org

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