The stated mission of Fleet Week San Diego is to “honor and celebrate the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that support and thank these heroes.”
Consider it mission accomplished.
On the week’s final day Thursday, San Diegans flocked to places like Harbor Island (see video above) for warm weather and greetings across the water.
Several dozen private pleasure craft took part, vying for “best decorated patriotic boat” and the best evoking the themes of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Other events Thursday were through San Diego and in Alpine, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Escondido, Fallbrook, La Mesa, Oceanside, Poway, Ramona, San Marcos, Solana Beach and Valley Center.
In Santee, the Chamber of Commerce and city dedicated the Mast Boulevard Bridge in honor of veterans and Veterans Memorial on the corner of Fanita Parkway and Mast Boulevard.
But Veterans Day week continues with a ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial, 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South.
Keynote speaker is Rear Adm. Cynthia Kuehner, commander of Naval Medical Forces Support Command and senior nurse in the U.S. Navy.
The event will honor the Nurse Corps of the Army, Navy and Air Force. Highlights include musical performances by Marine Band San Diego and Sharp Memorial nurse Keena Mapanao and flyovers by the San Diego Salute Formation Team.
To view the livestreamed ceremony, visit veteransdaylive.org.
For more information, including parking and shuttles, visit soledadmemorial.org.