After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the San Diego Veterans Day Parade returned to the Embarcadero in 2023, and the USS Midway Museum was at the helm. More than 90 entrants participated in the parade, ranging from marching bands, floats, ceremonial vehicles and marching units from veterans organizations, military commands, local businesses, and community service and civic groups.

Midway formed a coalition of representatives from the city and county, active-duty military commands, and veteran support organizations to continue the tradition of holding this tribute parade in America’s Finest City.

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Doris “Dorie” Miller, a mess attendant on the battleship USS West Virgina (BB-48), was serving breakfast and collecting laundry while the ship was moored at the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. A few minutes before 8 a.m., the ship was struck by the first of seven torpedoes dropped by Japanese aircraft during their surprise attack on the base.

Dorie immediately raced to his battle station, but found it had already been destroyed. He was then ordered to the ship’s bridge to help move the ship’s captain, who was wounded in the initial attack, to safety.