Oak View's Memorial Day Parade to celebrate our heroes May 30

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World War II veteran Carl Greenfield served as Grand Marshal of the 2014 Oak View Memorial Day parade. Enlisting in the U.S. Army on Valentine’s Day, 1940, Greenfield served mainly in the Pacific Theater, earning the Bronze Star for gallantry in action in the Philippines. He passed away in 2018 at the age of 101.

By Perry Van Houten, 

Ojai Valley News senior reporter

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Oak View’s Memorial Day parade is back on May 30, following a two-year break due to the pandemic.

The 15th annual parade, themed “Celebrate Our Heroes,” starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of Old Ventura Avenue and Old Grade Road, and concludes at The Lighthouse Church at 590 Old Ventura Ave.

“It’s the shortest parade in history, but it’s enjoyed by families and children and it’s just a great community event,” said parade founder and organizer Kim Armstrong. “Some entries actually go around twice.”

The day starts with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at The Lighthouse, hosted by the Ojai Valley Lions Club.

A flyover by vintage airplanes, weather permitting, is planned for the start of the parade, Armstrong said.

After the parade, a brief service is planned at The Lighthouse, she added.

Armstrong expected parade entries this year to include floats, musicians, classic and antique automobiles, horses, marchers and businesses. “For being as small as it is, it does get great participation,” she said.

Growing up in New Jersey, Armstrong was accustomed to large Memorial Day events with parades and remembrance services. “It was a huge celebration,” she said.

She wanted to bring such a celebration to the Ojai Valley, “to get people to understand that Memorial Day is the day to honor the people that died.”

Parade applications and a $25 entry fee are due by May 16.

To download the application form, visit

For questions, call Kim Armstrong at 805-407-2941 or Eva Stuber at 805-729-4585.

In addition, parade organizers are seeking volunteers. If you can help, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The parade is sponsored by the Oak View Civic Council and Friends of the Oak View Park & Resource Center.




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